The Tree of Knowledge
“And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
Near a parking lot I use frequently is a very large, very old oak tree. I have seen this tree change with the seasons and go from being full of leaves and acorns, to being bare and stark, to beginning to show its leaves again. But, what I find fascinating about this tree is to think of all that it has seen and all that it has been through over the years and through the changing seasons.
If trees could talk, this tree would have stories to tell and knowledge to share, I’m sure! I think of all the storms this tree has endured; all the conversations it has heard; and all the hospitality it has offered to God’s creatures great and small. The sturdy size and wide girth of this tree exhibit a ‘don’t give up’ attitude and the expansive branches offer a wide welcome.
If we bring the life and knowledge of this type of tree into our own lives, we can learn much about the gifts of endurance, hospitality, welcome and hope. When we can live our story within God’s story, these gifts come to life within us and through us. When our story can model living out the story we know in Jesus, these gifts become reality in and through our lives and the life of the church.
May we allow God’s creation to remind us of who we are as God’s people; each with our individual stories to share. May we know whose we are, as we are all held within God’s story of love. And, may we allow our story to merge with God’s story in such a way that we live telling the story of God’s steadfast love, hope, forgiveness and welcome.