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Words Of The Latter Rain

Volume 3, Issue 12, December 2010


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Ken Nix

Monday, 12/27/2010

The Trees of The Field

by Marcia Smeenk


Wonderful are the ways of the Mighty Ones of heaven.  Their mercy has no end.  They love all of their creation.   Besides man and the creatures of the earth, trees and plants are special to them for they also contain light.  The trees of the field are mentioned in scripture in various places but perhaps the most noted is in Isaiah 55:12  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.   The trees of the field may be tall and graceful, bending their arms upward toward the light of heaven in praise.  This scripture refers to a future time of rejoicing but we can learn much now from the beautiful trees we see.


Trees generally are strong and resilient.  Lofty breezes provide the motion necessary to strengthen them.  But when adversity comes in the form of wind, rain, snow and ice, a burden is placed upon those graceful limbs and tender branches.  The strong tree will stand firm and continue to lift its arms in praise.  But the weaker tree, the young tree, and the sapling, cannot bear the burden and may succumb to the storm.  The strong tree may at times temporarily show signs of stress and its limbs may become bowed under the weight of the snow, ice or by the wind.  But after the storm is over, its branches bounce back and resume their upright positions.


In the citrus fruit growing states, freezing temperatures alone may be devastating to many trees. Precautionary measures are frequently taken when adverse conditions are forecast to minimize the damage to the trees and to the fruit.  As the temperature lowers, damage not only occurs to the fruit, but spreads to the leaves, twigs and eventually to the large branches.  To counter the effects of freezing temperatures, a variety of cold protection methods have been employed over the years such as heaters, wind machines, fog generators, over-tree and under-tree sprinkler irrigation; what is important is that great care is given to protect the tree and the fruit.


But well before the storm comes, measures are taken to ensure that the trees and fruit will be profitable.  It begins with the selection of the site, the soil type, variety selection, nutrition, and ground management.  Placement of canopy trees among the fruit trees and the timing of pruning can also protect the trees.  Trees need adequate watering, mulching, inspecting for disease and pests, support and pruning for proper growth.


 We should seek to nurture and maintain each new delicate life that joins us to worship, to help it to grow into a strong and fruitful tree.  Providing the proper soil, water and nourishment it needs ensures that when the storm comes, its limbs will remain strong and upright.  But at times when extra support is needed, we should be prepared to hold those limbs in place.  We are constantly told that light gives power to light.    Remember the example of Moses when the Israelites were engaged in a battle with the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-13).  It took two men to support Moses’ hands to ensure that the victory was won.


 Picture the trees rejoicing as you sing your songs of praise and worship and be ever aware of traces of tears of those around you who may be quietly bearing the burdens of a storm.  The apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 6:9,  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  But be ever looking forward to the day when the mountains and the hills will break forth into singing and all the trees of the field will clap their hands and all sorrow and burdens will be washed away.



















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