... in an old oak tree
There is an old oak tree at the end of the road that is probably about two hundred years old. When the acorn first fell to the ground it would have been part of the already ancient woodland that once covered the whole area.
Now it sits majestically in a neighbour’s front garden providing a shade and shelter and a place for birds to nest in and for a myriad of insects to make their home. Each year at around this time the tree drops an abundance of acorns that the birds and animals will devour, filling themselves for the coming winter. I wonder how many acorns the old tree has dropped in its lifetime. Truly an abundance of food for the animal kingdom provided each year by our bountiful God! Of course, since we are part of God’s Creation He provides for our needs also. Not from some sense of duty, or because we have earned His attention, but because He loves us and cares for us unconditionally. ‘God also said: "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food."’ Genesis 1:29 Given that scientists, recognising the effects of climate change on our planet, are now recommending a change in the way we eat – less meat and a more vegetarian diet, - and that the words just quoted appear at the beginning of the Old Testament, maybe we should have read the book more carefully in the first place! We must remember too, that not only does God provide for our bodily needs He provides for our spiritual welfare also for He has gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us: ‘the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and is in you.’ John 14:17(NIV). Seeing that ancient oak as I pass it every day, I thank God for providing bodily and spiritual sustenance for His Creation. Deo Gratias