There is an exit on the interstate close to our house where the government is working. As I drove through there the other day, I couldn’t help but think of all the trees they are cutting down to make the area larger for the traffic that will soon be traveling through.

Several questions run through my mind every time I drive through there. Where are they taking all the wood from the cut down trees? Are they giving it to people who can use it to heat their homes? Are they planting more trees somewhere else to replace the ones they are cutting down? Do they even care?

Now, I’m not a ‘tree hugger’ by any means. We do recycle and try to conserve as we use things like water. But what about the trees?

Trees are a very important thing in a human’s life. We breathe the oxygen they put off. Adam and Eve ate from the trees in the Garden of Eden. They had access to the Tree of Life to keep them alive forever until they sinned. Jesus died upon a tree. When we get to Heaven, we will have the tree of life there.

I love the concept of the Tree of Life. I love to think of my daddy up in Heaven eating from the Tree of Life (Revelation 22).

My husband, Chris, and I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina a few years ago. One of the things we saw was the Angel Oak tree. Below is a picture of Chris hugging the tree. He is 6 foot 4 inches tall. You can grasp a little bit how big this tree is! At over 500 years old, the limbs are so long and heavy that they go into the ground then back up. Amazing!

Next time you see a beautiful tree, take a minute to ponder the meaning of trees, what they do for us, and be thankful for them and praise the One who made them!

Angel Oak, Charleston, SC

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