Few things are as calming to my soul as trees. All kinds of trees, in all seasons, in all locations – they all comfort my heart and, “magically”, make me feel secure. And I can explain why.
Pleasing to the eye
In telling us about creation, God says in Genesis chapter 2, verse 9:
“And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye [emphasis added] and good for food.” (New International Version).
I have always loved the outdoors, though I’ve been a city dweller all my life. Maybe that’s one reason I’ve always loved trees – they are a part of nature that is in cities and yet remain much as they would be in the woods. Their branches reach outward from a trunk in the same way, their leaves sway with the wind in the same way, and they stretch their branches up toward heaven in the same way. Trees do this whether they are in a city or in a wilderness where no one but God sees them.
The Bible tells us that God called all that He created “good”. I believe God thinks trees are beautiful, too. I believe that they are pleasing to His eye, just as they are to mine. Our all-powerful Father in heaven, our Creator and the Creator of the universe, could have made earth obtain its oxygen in an invisible manner. But He chose to cover the earth with beautiful flowers, bushes, and trees. . . majestic, glorious, upward-reaching trees.
Whether you live on a mountain with a panoramic view all around or, like me, in an urban area with one tree outside my window, I pray you will pause and let the beauty of trees bring you pleasure, as God intended. Let them remind you to lift your heart towards heaven, just as the trees lift their branches to heaven.
“The heavens declare the glory of God. . . ” (Psalm 19:1, NIV)
Together with all of creation, let us praise and glorify and love the wonderful One who made us and gave us such a beautiful earth to call our temporary home.