“…That they may be called Oaks of Righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He May be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3
I’ve been reading a lot about trees lately. I can’t stop. I’m surrounded by them where I live and I breathe in their richness everyday. I feel the breeze of mercy flowing through their branches as they bend and yield to the winds of change. To see them is to see His nature and I can’t stop looking because there is always more to reveal. In these books I’m reading, even the most “worldly” of scientists penning the pages cannot deny the spiritual connection that trees have, even if they don’t fully understand it. What they do know is that trees are marvelous, majestic, intricate, creative, intentional, communal and entirely relational.
Most have a basic knowledge of trees as far as photosynthesis and the water cycle. But oh, trees are the lifeline of the entire world.
They purify the air as they exhale the purest form of elements needed for life. Not only does this occur in the area the tree is planted but it sends this purified air as far as the oceans.
They keep deserts from drying up. Even in areas of little rain, trees soak up every bit of provision and designate it where it needs to go throughout the seasons.
They rely on each other and constantly support each other, especially those that are weak. It has been observed that when a tree falls, surrounding trees will keep the stump alive for hundreds of years, supplying nutrients through their roots. They are relational and find that it benefits them all to have a stump with roots intertwined with theirs, thriving with life instead of rotting and decaying.
They restore chemical imbalances in the soil through the integrity of their being. They are able to sense disorder and provide balance through their natural, built-in processes of yielding.
In the same manner, we – as Sons and Daughters – have been created as Oaks of Righteousness. Created in His image as marvelous, majestic, intricate, creative, intentional, communal and entirely relational. From a seed, this has always been the core of our DNA and is our destiny.
If only we could see it, know it, believe it, identify with it and live it.
We were made to purify the air with our breath not only in our surroundings, but for it to reach the oceans.
We were made to be an oasis in the desert to not only keep it from drying up, but to inhabit it and transform it.
We were made to operate as a Body in unity because everyone is important and is made in His image.
We were made to restore balance and bring order to the Earth not in our trying, but in our yielding.
And in operating in this identity as an Oak of Righteousness, the Kingdom-building byproduct is found in verse 4:
“They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.”
In the end, it all points back to Him – “That He May be glorified” or “That He May display His beauty” or “For the display of His splendor”.
He displays His beauty through His sons and daughters. What great love. What a Father He is that He would create us as and call us Righteous.
What a Father that He would build His Kingdom through us – all in looking at and yielding to Him. We get to look at His face in every moment of every day and in return, He transforms us and brings restoration to the world.
We are Oaks of Righteousness.
Let’s live it.
Just a small facet of – “Christ in me, the hope of glory”