A Matter of Significance
I have experienced God’s presence in my life in many ways, but one stands out from them all.
A few years into my walk with the Lord I flew to Maryland for a family wedding. The setting for the wedding was nothing short of picturesque. There, on a wooded hill stood a craftsman house. The house looked-out over a sprawling meadow that was bordered with tall sycamore trees.
My mom’s meadow, affectionately called “The Holler”, bustled with the activity of wedding preparation. The weather was perfect. Puffy white clouds floated around the pristine blue sky. A light breeze stirred the sycamore trees.
Early that morning I hiked into the woods. In the woods I found a felled tree where I sat and spent a few minutes with the Lord. While there, I listened to God’s creation and watched as the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen unfolded before me. As the radiant sun-rays filled the woods, the movement of light and shadow became a significant reminder to me that God is real.
This experience came to mind during a recent DLife Group discussion about the call of Abram. More specifically…
Genesis 12:6-7: Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
The original language (- she.chem ad ah.lohm mo.rah -) can also be translated as the “Oak of Moreh at Shechem” or the “Big Tree of Moreh at Shechem.”
During our DLIfe discussion, someone asked… “What’s so significant about the tree?”
The agreed upon answer was that the tree must have been a significant landmark in the area. It was also the place where Abram waited for his divine appointment with God. And at this pinnacle moment in Abram’s journey, God promised “this” land to Abram’s offspring. God’s promise came first, then Abram worshiped. I don’t know if Abram’s worship was stirred by the promised land or by the promised offspring. Probably both, but at the end of the day we learn that God’s divine presence always stirs up worship.
It’s been almost thirty-one years since I surrendered my life to the Lord, and I can mark more than one occasion on which the Lord has used sun-rays to remind me of His presence and His promises. I for one am very thankful that God’s creation is a constant reminder that I am His child.
Trees seem to be a significant spiritual marker in Abram’s journey with the Lord. In the same way, sun-rays are a significant spiritual marker for me. So… now I’m wondering… what’s yours?
Remember this… you are loved, and you are always in my prayers.
In Christ, Cheryl
Significant Trees in Genesis --
~ The Great Tree of Moreh at Shechem – God promised the land to Abram’s offspring. Abram built an altar to the Lord (Genesis 12).
~ The Great Trees of Mamre at Hebron – The Lord appears to Abram. The Lord reveals His plans for Sodom and Gomorrah. Abram pleads for mercy on behalf of righteous people in Sodom (Genesis 18).