Today, on my way home from preschool, I noticed that the leaves were turned upward. It looks like rain is coming.
It’s an interesting phenomena…when it rains, the porous side of the leaf turns upward so it can absorb the moisture and nourishment that the rain provides. When it is sunny, the waxy top-side of the leave absorbs the sunlight. God made them this way…and I think, in that respect, the trees are far superior to us humans.
Some people, Christians included, bask in the light of the Lord when times are good. Yet, when the rain comes we may get discouraged or seek shelter in some man-made structure like eating, self-pity, drinking, drugs, or friends who are more likely to agree and empathize than to give Godly counsel. These manmade structures are not built on a solid foundation and will fall with a great crash (as in Matthew 7:24-27). We run from that rain and wait for it to end. More like house plants, we look for our Lord and keeper to move us inside where there is no frost, wind or storms. But, that houseplant’s root system is limited to the size of its container. With limited growth potential and low resilience, that plant has a false sense of joy cowering on the window sill waiting for sun.
The tall trees outside our home have weathered many storms, their roots and deep and firmly planted, they endure the wind and still reach for the rain…storm after storm. The rain facilitates more growth. Some of the trees have been twisted and even been broken by the wind. But, those trees were in fertile soil- still reaching for the rain- and were able to grow still taller and stronger.
God has placed pictures all around us, in His creation, that are a reflection of how He intended our relationship with Him to be; the faith He intended us to have; the reliance on Him for sustenance, growth, and refuge.
Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear with heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Rain is good- as are trials. I just have to remember to greet the rain with leaves turned up toward the Lord who made me- in worship. I must welcome each droplet as a gift sent with the intention of growing me and providing nourishment.
As a Christian, I want to be an oak!
P.S. As I was writing the rain stopped. The birds have just started singing…praises to the Lord. Even the birds sing after the rain!
A personal note:
Below is a painting of our family tree that was inspired by Colossians 2:6-7. It’s a portrait of a tree with roots fed by the living water…each of our names is etched into a branch and the two doves in the nest represent the children who have gone before us to Heaven. This is our family. I pray that we will be a strong tree that will withstand time and trials as we grow in the Lord.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
“Tomorrow’s another day, and I’m thirsty anyway…so bring on the rain” – Jo Dee Messina