Over the last two weeks I’ve watched the cherry tree outside my window slowly come into blossom. I see it each morning as the daylight emerges and, little by little, the array of small white flowers become visible. Today the tree is in full blossom, probably tens of thousands of small, perfectly white flowers spread across the whole canopy and small crisp green leaves coming in behind.
I guess watching that tree is a bit of a prayer – a prayer that God’s new life would show in my life, our church’s life. Each of us could be a tree like this cherry tree – full of new vibrant life, that the sun can play on.
It reminds me of the tree describe in one of my favourite Psalms. Psalm 1 says:
Those “whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on His law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-
whatever they do prospers.”