Have you ever watched a tree grow? When do you actually see the most change? It’s slow right? But before you know it the tree is fully grown and it’s probably going to outlive you. Yet, in between the acorn and the massive tree you have many seasons. Each of these seasons are a little different for each tree but they are still all trees and they all go through seasons. Trees can also be used for so many different things. They were each created for something special, some for shade, some for beauty, some for timber, some for food, and some for so much more. The time it takes for the tree to reach its greatest potential could be many years beyond the time it gets planted.
Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,because the Lord has anointed meto bring good news to the poor;he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captives,and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,and the day of vengeance of our God;to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,the oil of gladness instead of mourning,the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;that they may be called oaks of righteousness,the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
Each one of us is like a tree. There are many different types, sizes, uses, and looks, but we are still all human. God plants us like and acorn in our mother’s womb, knowing what we will be like when we break into the world. There will be seasons and storms that affect our life, but each one will make us stronger. He has planted us like the great big oak tree so that He may be Glorified.
For us to grow the strongest we need to be planted in the fertile ground of His Love found in His Word.
He will comtinually water us with the rains of life and we will receive nourishment from the Rays of His Son. Some of us may bare much fruit, and some of us may whither away. But it is the one that bares fruit that will last.
From day to day, season to season, and year to year, we may not know what will come our way, but as we watch the strength of a tree grow from the ground up, remember God made us to be like an Oak of Righteousness, a planting by him, to Glorify His Name.