Not quite right, I know. But…there are things that bring us down, but in the long run, they help us grow. Doubt, loss, sadness, sickness, etc. We learn, become strong and resilient, find happiness and confidence. We learn more about ourselves. We move forward. And we grow.
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was in the Garden of Eden. And that’s what got everybody in trouble to start with. Temptation and disobedience. But the Tree of Life. Now that was probably quite a sight! I imagine every part of it. And I imagine being every part of it. The title references us being flowers and growing, but trees would work too – any kind of vegetation, really.
We should have roots that dig deep and ground us in faith. A trunk or stem that builds a good foundation of belief. Branches and leaves that reach out while also collecting strength. And the fruit that gives of itself. Giving nourishment and healing.
Jeremiah 17:8 – “For he shall be like a tree planted near the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river,And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit”.
We should try to be more like trees and flowers; growing and working to end up in God’s garden called Paradise. Maintaining our roots, but also branching out to grow, heal, and strengthen. I will try to be more like a tree in the following ways:
- Roots: having a firm, bold, and steadfast faith in God’s word
- Trunk: using my bible and my church to maintain this faith
- Branch: reach out to others in order to give and reaching out to God via prayer
- Leaf: soak up ‘energy’ from scripture readings, sermons, etc (this will be more of a spiritual thing than a physical one)
- Fruit: give. Give to God. Give to church. Give to others.
Celestial Tree by Robert Venosa