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Posted on September 19, 2022 at 2:15 PM

Monday Meditation – Trees 9/19/2022

 

I love trees - there are so many different kinds in our world! Especially during the fall months I have the opportunity in Minnesota to watch many trees’ leaves change colors – from hues of green to sunny yellows, vibrant oranges, vivid reds, and shades of brown.

 

But trees are also very symbolic, too. Remember back in the Garden of Eden when God said that Adam and Eve could eat of any of the fruits of the trees except for the one Tree of Life? When they chose to eat from that tree, their world changed. Sin crept in.

 

In a book I am reading, called “Be Healed” by Bob Schuchts, there is a wonderful analogy which compares sins to apples on a tree. Here’s a condensed version of his explanation: We all have apples (sins), but we can take our sins (apples) into reconciliation, leave the sins there and come out cleansed. The problem is that the tree continues to produce more apples (more of the same sins). The only way to permanently get rid of those sins is to get rid of the tree and its roots (the root causes of our sins). This analogy really made sense to me. The reason why I continue to have any given sin is because I have not rooted out the cause of that sin.

 

Bob’s book also has a lovely illustration of the Tree of Life. When we become reconciled to God, we have access to the Tree of Life. Its roots provide security (being rooted and grounded in love), the trunk represents maturity as we grow into “Christ-likeness” by increasing our capacity to love, and the leaves and fruit represent purity, which is the fruit of that love. That’s a very brief description of what’s in the book – I encourage you to read the whole thing!

 

So how can I root out the tree of sin and replace it with the Tree of Life? Ah, good question, and I know that the answer means a lot of hard work for me. First I have to identify my sins (maybe not so hard) and then figure out what is the root cause of those sins (much more difficult.)

 

For example, one recurrent sin I have is overeating. I enjoy food, and when a tempting dish is placed in front of me, I will eat way more of it than I should. What is the root cause of my sin? I think part of it has to do with the fact that for years I used food as a comfort when things went poorly, and as a reward when things went well. Ooh, that’s a dilly – food was there no matter what! So root out that sin, I must learn to “reward myself” with other things – perhaps a good book? And I must learn to take comfort in other things – God’s Word could be a good start! By doing these things perhaps I might begin to uproot that tree of overeating.

 

Are you faced with a bad “tree” of sin in your life? I encourage you today to look at your life to identify what that sin is, and what are the root causes of that sin. Then, take a step to pull up at least some of those roots so that you can replace them with the blessings of the Good Tree.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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