“And God saw that it was good.” God created trees and was pleased with his creation. Chapter 2 of Genesis retells the story of creation with a slightly different texture and with more details. The story focuses in on the Garden of Eden planted in the East. Man was created to care for this garden that had all sorts of trees. The writer describes them as “pleasing to the eye and good for food.” You may be thinking of an apple tree and Johnny Appleseed spreading seeds around the USA. My son and I went to Target tonight. I grabbed dried mango for my husband in his new placement and my son spotted fresh sliced mango that we grabbed for breakfast. Mango trees come from our background even though I never saw one till I was in my 30s. The author goes on to say that there were two special trees in the center of the garden, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Trees are not just about seeds, fruit and bark for houses. Tree can give life.
Just for example, cinnamon bark is good for our heart. Papaya is good for digestion. You can probably think of other examples. Bees build hives in trees and bless us. Tree give life by protecting us. Trees define our borders. Trees function in many life giving ways. One of my favorite moments in Minneapolis was to sit and look at all the shades of green of the tree leaves on the many trees growing along the Mississippi and think of God’s creativity.
Can you think of five ways God brings life to you through trees? Thank God for those special moments when special trees have brought you life. Thank you Lord! Blessings.