The Father’s House

with

Pastor

David

Shepherd

Trees

Good day gents! How are you feeling this day? Are you sore from all the weed pulling from last week? Well, I thought today that we would talk about the importance of the shade that this big oak tree supplies to us. How it brings a sense of shelter, comfort, and peace. You know this great tree that kind of landmarks the beginning of this new path we are making. What is it, that when we are out in the elements, that we just seem to be more protected being close and even under a big strong tree? Let me tell you a little story that comes to mind.

Many years ago, I had this good friend, His name was Tommy. I met him through our wives at that time. They worked close together and built a relationship that went beyond the office. As couples we started doing things together. Tommy and I hit it off and we started going fishing together. Tommy had a nice fishing boat. We would go fishing several times. One particular time, we were at Badin Lake. A beautiful large lake with many coves to go into a just troll around and have a relaxing day of fishing. The fish were biting. It was a marvelous day, until…..

We were so involved in looking at the water and concentrating on our fishing, that we had not bothered to look up. Yes, until we heard that loud crack of thunder. Then with it came the rumbling and shaking of the earth. Now that the sky had our attention, a big dark cloud was upon us. Sometimes when in a cove you are more closed in, limiting the amount of sky you are able to see. This allows pop up thunderstorms to be on you for you know it. Pouring rain accompanied this dark cloud; naturally!

So, here is the scenario. Lighting strikes all around. Buckets of water on our heads. In a boat out in the open, in the middle of the lake. Decision time! We chose to head for land and the thick forest. Somehow, someway we just felt safer under the protection of the trees. We got to the shore, tied off the boat and tried to find the tree with the most leaves. We stood under this leave canopy for what seemed an eternity. Probably 20 minutes later the storm lets up and passes on by. Talking about soaked through and through. I could have filled a gallon jug just ringing out my underwear. Hahaha!

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree…”

Needless to say, this ended our day of fishing. Yet we had encountered a great experience. A time that we laughed, picking at each other about for a long time. But in the moment it was a scary scene. Hearing every clap of thunder was a relief. Though it was very loud and rattling, we knew we had survived this very lightning strike. We were totally dependent on God’s mercy that particular day. We really always are, it is just some days are more noticeable than others.

Trees play a significant role in scripture from beginning to end. As far as a shelter is concerned there are several verses that apply to the past and to our future. 1 Kings 4:25… And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, each man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan as far as Beersheba, all the days of Solomon. NKJV.  Also, Micah 4:4…But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. NKJV.  Notice in these two verses the words dwelt safely, and no one shall make them afraid, do you see the comfort here in scripture. All this takes place under the safety of a tree.

I just told you that trees play a significant role in scripture from beginning to end. Like in Genesis chapter 2 (the beginning of the Bible), and Revelations chapter 22 (at the end of the Bible). The “Tree of Life” is mentioned both places, and Jesus is likened to the tree of life in the sense that in Him we have life and that life lasts forever. Hallelujah! Also 1 Peter 2:24 …who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness-by whose stripes you were healed. NKJV. So, we can truly see that our eternity our whole life, and the future of it hangs on a tree. So maybe it is the closeness to Jesus we feel every time we are around a big sturdy tree. You know like being in the shadow of the cross. A nearness.

The hardest thing about writing this blog was trying to keep it brief. There is so much left to be said about the importance of trees in scripture. I have read it several times that other than God and people; trees are mentioned in the Bible more than any other living thing. So, this is just a future heads up that while we are building this new trail through this untamed area, we may talk about trees several times. Until next week, remember that Papa Shepherd Loves you and thanks you for taking this journey with me. Please let me know what your thoughts are on these writings we are putting together. Papa Shepherd ♫♪

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