Pastor's Pen: A lesson from trees and storms
We live on a creek and experienced the results of the last big storm; the water came up well over its banks into our backyard.
This happens quite often, sometimes in the spring with the snow melting, and also with the rains of the upcoming seasons. The creek rises and the speed of the water agitates the banks causing erosion.
This time it was different, with the erosion of the soil that held up two big oak trees; they succumbed to the waters, their support was washed away. One tree went down upon some smaller trees and with its weight against them it finally fell completely down.
The second oak fell into the limbs of other larger trees that helped to support its massive weight, it is still standing with it's limbs entangled with those close by.
This reminds me of the Biblical story of Israelites and their battle with the Amalekites. During the battle Moses, Aaron and Hur stood on a hill overlooking the battle where Moses was holding up over his head 'the rod (his staff) of God', in doing so the Israelites were winning the battle, but due to fatigue Moses would let the rod down and the battle would go against them.
Turning to the Book of Exodus 17:12-13 we can see the support Aaron and Hur gave to Moses to provide the victory.
"But Moses' hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword."
Are you wondering what all this has to do with trees, rain and loss of support? Just like with Moses, when we are in a battle and things seem to be going in the ways of defeat, do we fall flat on our face or do we turn to those in our lives that God has put around us?
In any ongoing storms or any that may come, who then will your Aarons and Hurs be? God has placed people around us to give us support and encouragement, will we use them?
We are not to face daily battles on our own.
Which tree do we want to be, the one that falls flat on the ground or the one that is held up by those strong trees around it? Jesus tells us that where two or three are gathered in His name, He is there (Matthew 18:20).
Blessings and remain strong in God's Word!