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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Great (07/06/06)

TITLE: L'arbre of Love
By Amy Nicholson
07/13/06


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I had never really noticed it. It had stood in my backyard forever, and I had hardly even given it a thought. Today was different. Today I paid attention.

I have been trying to focus on keeping the Sabbath holy; setting it apart from the rest of the week. Today was a perfect spring day, and I was not going to fill it up with tasks which distracted me from the Lord.

I decided to sit on the deck and enjoy my Creator through His Creation. I made myself comfortable in my Adirondack chair, leaned my head back, raised my eyes, and there it was: the huge hemlock tree.

It towered so high above me that I could not even see the top. Its height overwhelmed me. How could something grow that tall? If I could sit in the uppermost branches, what would the view be like?

What was God thinking when He made trees? Perhaps He was thinking of creating something that would grow tall enough to reach out its branches toward His throne in Heaven and show His children how to worship Him.

Admiring the tree, I considered the awesome presence of our God. His power cannot even be contained in this massive tree. The thought sent a shiver down my spine. I pictured God standing before me, as tall as the tree. Humbled, unworthy am I. And yet, and YET, could Godís love for me match the volume of that tree? Hardly.

Godís power is awesome. Godís love is awesome. Godís mercy is awesome. Praise His Holy Name!

ďNo one is like you, O Lord;
You are great,
And your name is mighty in power.Ē
(Jer. 10:6, NIV)


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Marilyn Schnepp 07/14/06
Ah yes, to quote Joyce Kilmer - "poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree". Very nicely done; however, one small suggestion ... It's difficult doing a First Person story - so think of "other" ways aside from using the "I" word to begin the first three paragraphs. Good job. I liked it.
Jan Ackerson 07/17/06
Well-written devotional, with a pleasant voice. Good job.
Brenda Craig07/17/06
Wonderful devotional and reminder of how we can see God if we stop long enough. I liked this.
Ann FitzHenry07/17/06
How wonderful! I love seeing God all around us. You found Him in a tree. Great entry!
:-)
Rita Garcia07/17/06
Great devotional!
Donna Haug07/17/06
Nature truely does sing of the wonders of our God. When we listen, we hear it. Thanks for the reminder.
terri tiffany07/18/06
I loved the picture you painted here. This was a good devotional that you should submit somewhere. Very nice writing - it flowed and the message was clear.
Kimberly Mitchell07/18/06
I agree with what's been said this is a dynamic devotional. (;
Jen Davis07/18/06
A wonderful testimony of setting aside time to enjoy the Creator in his creation and to bask in His love for you. Well done.
Genstacia Bull07/20/06
Thank you. God used your entry to speak to me-keeping the Sabbath Holy.