I was in high school … it was a warm Southern California day, and I was bored.
Mr Stenhouse surprised us all by telling us to go outside. Desperate for any interruption to the monotony of the day, we gladly complied. He led us all to a tree and strangely asked us all to find a spot under the tree and lie down. Again, happy to not be in a stuffy classroom, we followed his directions.
A few minutes passed and Mr Stenhouse asked to go back in the room. And so the lesson had begun – a lesson that I still am learning. He simply asked, “what did those few minutes lying there teach you about God?”
So today, here is my tree. It’s a beautiful sunny day here in AR, and the refreshing air is invigorating. What lesson can my heart absorb about my God today? Right here, in the middle of all the circumstances that surround us?
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. … Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy!” Isaiah 55:12