I was looking at a tree outside my window and thinking how beautiful and perfect it is,producing exactlywhat God designed it to produce, fruitful and flowering, strong and beautiful, fulfilling its mission in life. A tree is a vision of the perfection of God’s creation. Even if a tree is struck by lightning, toppled in a storm, or cut down, the root will send forth new shoots, new life. Isn’t that beautiful?

Did you ever notice that a tree is full of smiles? Every parting of the branches is a smile with the corners turned up. You might think it’s a big hodgepodge of branches, but it’s not. Every single branch has to be perfectly designed and grow at the right place, in the right direction, with the right weight and length on all sides so that the tree won’t tip over. Despite weighing tons, look at how it balances on its trunk, like a ballet dancer en pointe.

I don’t think the world could get along without trees because of the food and shelter they provide. And if it weren’t for the shade from trees, a lot of the brush and shrubbery wouldn’t grow, animals wouldn’t find a habitat, and the soil would wash away and become a barren desert, as has happened in a lot of places where too many trees were cut. Trees are an absolute necessity to life of both man and animals.

God is like the earth in which we grow and on which we depend. May we be like trees, firmly planted in Him, nourished by His Word, growing strong and fruitful, a blessing to those around us.

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I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
—Joyce Kilmer (1886–1918) 

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David Brandt Berg

David Brandt Berg (1919-1994) was the son of well-known American evangelist Virginia Brandt Berg. In 1968, David and his wife and teenage children pioneered a ministry to the counterculture youth of Huntington Beach, California. This ministry grew into an international Christian missionary movement known today as the Family International (TFI). (Articles by David Brandt Berg used in Activated are adapted.)

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