“See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:10-11
As my aunt continued to flip through the pictures from a recent trip to Yosemite, she kept repeating how she could see God’s glory in each part of nature. But it wasn’t enough. She didn’t want to see God. She wanted to know him. So he gave her a glimpse in the trees.
I saw the picture of the trees, and I though that in itself was amazing. Of course, how could you miss a 257’ high tree? How do you picture standing next to one?
The strength these trees have must be tremendous. The wind whips at speeds through the valley like an Indy car. Years and years of growth must form these massive trees to be so strong, so unyielding, so
dignified. These trees are so large; a path runs through one large enough for the travelers who built the hole to pass through…in their stagecoach.
Yet these trees kept dying. The park couldn’t find a reason. Their roots seemed widespread, the bark tough. Plenty of little tiny pinecones, but still, death came to the trees.
Researchers found out the tree root system hovers near the surface of the ground. Although the roots held the tree and gave it life, the roots were tender. People stepping above a root with layers of dirt separating the tourist and the root system killed the tree.
Isaiah shows two arms of God, as I heard Pastor say. One arm is powerful, and has justice and strength. The other carries the lambs and holds them gently to his heart.
Although the trees majestically ruled the land, their sensitive roots demonstrated a tender side. God met with my aunt that week, not to show off his creation, but to reveal himself, the hidden side just below the surface.
Today seek out God. Is he showing the side of justice, or the side of gentleness?