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Dancing Trees
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While taking a leisurely evening walk with my two-year old son, I noticed him looking at all of his surroundings so intently—the flowers, the water, the bugs, and the people. But it was the wind that really intrigued him. The trees were blowing hard, the wind making them bend and sway. He looked up at me and said, “Mommy, the trees are dancing.” I was so enthralled by his description and as I looked at the trees, I too, could see them dancing with glee.

That very statement made me think about all of God’s creation. I looked at it with different eyes. The flowers were nodding in approval of His great love; the sun was gliding happily up into the sky to illuminate His entire universe; the water was trickling with excitement as it quenched the thirst of all the surrounding beauty. What had become “normal” and almost “underestimated” became alive and animated.


This reminded me of how God originally created the earth and all that is in it, back to the very first glints of light. He made the earth, flowers, trees, sun, and water to rejoice! Isaiah 55:12 tells me: "...the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."

Now when I realize I have forgotten to take the time to appreciate all the beauty God has created, I look at the trees. I remember the words of my two-year-old, and take notice that they are “dancing” in awe of Him.

“The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed” (Romans 8:19).

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