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Trust God: 5 things we can learn from a blue spruce tree

Trust God -- the one true being back of all things -- because it is the very base of all true power, happiness and well-being.

I'm reminded of this simple truth each morning when I step outside to admire the magnificent blue spruce tree that grows just outside our front door.

There are at least five ways in which this noble tree teaches me and inspires me. I thought I would outline them for you because I believe they are very relevant to us as we seek to find our place or keep our footing in this rapidly changing world.

1. It does not resist life.

When the weather is kind, and the air is still, the blue spruce tree is also still, and peaceful -- unmoving.

But the tree trusts God. It is not attached to peacefulness. When a storm blows up -- as can happen very quickly here in the foothills of the Rockies -- its branches move effortlessly back and forth, offering no resistance to even the fiercest gusts.

 2. It is content to be where it is.

The close proximity of this beautiful tree was a big plus for me when we first considered buying our new home.

How glad and thankful I am that it trusts God and is content to prosper and grow where it is planted. Because of this I know that the blue spruce tree will still be there this evening when I go outside and sit on my bench again to admire it.

Even so, let us trust God and grow where we are planted -- in the fertile soil of our own timeless, untouchable being.

 3. It is persistent.

Because it trusts God, the blue spruce tree -- one of my best friends in all the natural world -- just keeps growing no matter what.

But we have a responsibility to keep growing too, don’t we?

4. It connects earth and sky.

The blue spruce tree is a bridge between earth and sky. It reminds me that this is my purpose also -- to trust God in my living, and be a bridge between the world of spirit and the external world.

 5. Last but not least -- the tree inspires by its presence.

What draws me to the blue spruce? Why is it so beautiful? Why does it evoke in me such strong feelings of love and admiration?

This tree is utterly mute insofar as words go. It inspires by its presence --  something sweet, strong, and unconquerable, characterized by love and trust and respect for a larger whole that ultimately is indefinable.

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nothingprofound July 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Lovely post! One learns so much from observing nature. All life’s lessons are there.

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Christopher Foster July 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Thanks so much for your word of encouragement. A word is all that is needed sometimes. A wisp of discouragement was moving around in my consciousness this morning, wanting to be fed, but I just let it do its thing and move on. I checked out your blog and was so happy to see your thoughts and also your pic of Walt Whitman, my hero when I was a young fellow in UK looking for a way to be free in the English middle class. Best wishes.

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Phil Malmstrom November 4, 2010 at 7:53 am

Good morning Christopher.

I understand your feelings on this one completely. I spend a significant amount of time at nearby State Forests and wooded State Parks for similar reasons. In one local forest in particular, I truly believe I feel God more than any other place. I’ve been known to take my camera gear (I’m a serious-amateur photographer) and walk for hours through the deeply wooded trails there. In that Heavenly Stillness, it all kind of makes perfect sense…

Thanks for the post!
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Christopher Foster November 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Such a lovely comment. Thank you Phil. A forest is indeed a temple of stillness just as you say. I’m a little way from a forest but when I sit down and commune with this blue spruce tree I sure feel its stillness.

It’s important for me to remind myself though that this stillness I love in the blue spruce or the forest or anywhere else isn’t actually extraneous to myself even though my mind may interpret it that way. It’s my own stillness I am feeling — the stillness of my own Being. For surely there is only one Being.

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