I Want to be a Tree: A New Year’s Hope

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The Wordlive reading for this morning was Psalm 1. It’s a beautiful (and famous) poem.

1 Blessed is the one
   who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
   or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
   and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
   which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
   whatever they do prospers.

 4 Not so the wicked!
   They are like chaff
   that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
   nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
   but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

This week I watched the programme, “I’ve never seen Star Wars” where guests are invited to try new experiences. During the episode, Stephen Fry talked about how he is like a tree. By this he meant that he was stuck in his ways and didn’t like trying new things.

But that’s not what a tree is like.Well, that’s not the whole picture of a tree.

Trees are rigid (the trunk) yet flexible (the crown of branches, twigs and leaves). It is this combination of rigidity and flexibility that plays a part in helping trees withstand in the wind.

So Stephen Fry is right when he is talking about the base of the tree. As we get older, our core belief, worldview or principles (in theory) get stronger and more defined but if we are truly to be like a tree, we must still have openness or flexibility in our thoughts and actions.

This, I believe, is a biblical understanding of being like a tree.

Here’s an example.

I don’t enjoy listening to dub step. I just don’t get it. But that shouldn’t mean I am never open to the possibility of liking it.

So this new year, I want to be more like the biblical definition of a tree.

Keep me open God. Open to new thoughts, new behaviours and new understandings.

May we all strive to be like trees in 2012.




One response

  1. A good reminder of the way God does challenge us on so many aspects as long as we are open and willing to listen.
    On the subject of dubstep, have you given Burial a try? His second album, Untrue, is particularly excellent and much less annoying than most other stuff.

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