Monday, July 2, 2012

Sheltering Trees

Good morning precious friend. I was reminded of something yesterday in Bible class that I wanted to share with you. First some context. Do you remember the Oklahoma City bombing back in April 1995?  It killed 168 people in an instant and injured hundreds. On the side of the building stood an American Elm Tree.  Miraculously it survived the 4,000 pound blast.

It had been one of the most treasured trees even before the bombing because it gave shade to the downtown parking. People would seek shelter under this 80 year old tree on hot days. It took almost three months to gather all of the evidence out of the tree after the bombing. How it withstood the blast is a testament to the tree and what it stood for. 

It was named the Survivor Tree when hundreds of citizens and community leaders and families who lost loved ones came together to write a mission statement for the memorial that would be raised in honor of the 168 that died that day. In one of the resolutions for the memorial it said this, “One of the components of the Memorial must be the Survivor Tree located on the south half of the Journal Record Building block.”
This tree became a symbol of the strength for an entire community. People wonder how one 80 year old tree could survive a blast that had brought down an entire building of concrete and steel beams.  The answer of course is the roots.  The roots had gone deep and had spread many feet under the ground. 
Our walk with God is emblematic of that tree. When our roots of faith go deep down into the soil and develop strong roots it is able to withstand the blasts of this life.  Let’s look over at Psalms 1.
 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Psalms 1:1-6 (ESV)
How do we withstand the blasts of life that try to knock us over? Delighting in the law of the LORD.  In fact, not only delighting in the law but meditating on it day and night!  There is the million dollar answer my precious friend.  Do we want to go along in life and just sway back and forth, almost breaking under the weight of the elements or do we want to be more than conquerors? 
I would to encourage each of us to go under the Sheltering Tree named Jesus and stay close to Him and learn from His word so that your root go really deep. Then, and only then can you be a sheltering tree for someone else.
In Christ Alone,

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".

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