I walked down into the forest this evening just as the sun was beginning to set. The cool September air was a gentle reminder of the change of season that lies ahead. I leaned against an old cedar that was slightly tilted towards the path; I pushed myself away from the leaning cedar and walked along the long worn path to sit upon another tree, downed more than two decades ago, an old friend lying in ruin, roots exposed, dried, and bare; This once sturdy cedar had struggled to remain alive until recently, it's roots clinging to the nourishing soil beneath where it lay, now it falters with the weight of me, will it hold? I wonder as I tilt my head as far back as possible to take in the expanse of it's brothers still standing tall. The ground beneath me smells of mushrooms and decay, but it isn't an unpleasant smell, it is the smell of the earth, the way God designed it. The crisp air carries a slight scent of the pines. A hawk flies overhead, I can hear the steady whish, whish of it's wings. How magnificent is this creation, how awesome the Creator!
My favorite place to go to talk with God. I even go there when the snow is deep. This place is glorious no matter the season & I will share it with you throughout the year.
Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the plane, and the pine, to beautify the place of my sanctuary, and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon; his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive, and his fragrance like Lebanon. They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow; they shall flourish like the grain; they shall blossom like the vine; their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.