Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Tree



Psalm 1: 3 
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

For several years now, I have been praying that Kinship Christian Radio would be like a tree planted beside water—that it would grow and prosper and bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God.

I believe that it has and it will continue to do so as long as it is bathed in prayer and adheres to God’s Word.

I recently spent some time in the Kinship Christian Radio booth at the Faribault County Fair. We gave out music and printed materials and colorful children’s bracelets and pencils to fairgoers as they walked by. We even received some words of encouragement from listeners.

My car was parked near the south edge of the fairgrounds, and the Blue Earth River meanders along the back edge of that parking lot. The water was low and clear, and  (being an avid fisherman fascinated by rivers) it drew me to it. The bank was steep and high next to the river, but right behind the antique machinery building, the mown lawn gave way to woods where a trail sloped gently down through the greenery.

I walked down the trail, eager to get a closer look at the river.

As the trail leveled off next to the river, I came upon the most enormous cottonwood tree I have ever seen. Now, cottonwoods are common in damp areas and they frequently grow large. Having spent many hours fishing various rivers, I have seen my share of large, even giant, cottonwoods.

This one was beyond large. Standing at its base, I guessed it would take four people holding hands to encircle it. It reached up so high I could see, even from my vantage point on the ground, that it towered above all the other trees around it. The grooves and furrows in its bark where deep and dark and a vine had taken root in some of the soil deposited in one of those furrows during high water.

Fascinated by its awesome size, I began to walk around the trunk to get an even better idea of its circumference.

And there, right at eye level on the back side of the tree, resting comfortably in one of those deep, deep grooves as if to mark it and name it, was one of the Kinship Christian Radio pencils we had been giving away, proudly bearing the name of Jesus.

Do you have a story of how the Lord smiled on your prayers? How do you pray for the ministries close to your heart? Do you see a common thread in the way trees are mentioned in the Bible?

Todays Blog post written by Dan Jones

Today’s Praise

Revelation 22 

The River of Life

 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

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