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Uniquely Yours

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.
Psalm 1:3

In sixth grade science, I was required to put together a leaf collection. I gathered as many different leaves as I could find. This was before internet so I scoured books to find the species and common names of the trees. I was amazed at how many varieties of trees and plants God had created.

I still stand in awe of God’s creativity. The most recent comprehensive study asserts that over 60,000 species of trees exist in the world. Oaks alone boast of over 600 varieties. And that is just trees. The vastness of creation includes over 400,000 species of flowers and over 950,000 species of insects!

Some trees have broad leaves; some have fronds; some have needles. Some provide food; some have beautiful flowers. Some trees are used for building purposes or for shade. 

The Bible mentions several trees. God tells us of cedars, oaks, olive trees, palms, junipers, figs, apple, pomegranate, tamarisk, the tree of life, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and even thornbushes.

God often likens trees to people to get his point across. One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves (Judges 9:8). The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon (Psalm 92:13-14).

Like trees, people come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The world would be mundane if we were all the same. But God joyfully crafted each of us with unique interests, looks and abilities. No two of us are alike. God uses these differences to fulfill his purposes.
Despite the differences, we all must soak up the water of God’s word to become strong and fruitful – like a tree planted by streams of water (Psalm 1:3).

Lord, thank you for creating the world with such diversity. May we embrace the uniqueness you have created in us to display your greatness in all the earth.


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