Trees in Winter


And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.  Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

Trees in Winter

I enjoy a good walk in the forest anytime of year… spring, summer, fall, and yes, even winter.  The reason that I enjoy the forest in the winter is quite simple.  In the summer the forest is shrowded in leaves and therefore “you can’t see the forest for the leaves“.

Winter Intimacy

When the winter season comes and all the decidous trees have their leaves stripped away, their muscular sinuous boles stand naked against the gray skies.  The forest is fully exposed in the winter in a way that allows me know the forest in an intimate way not possible in the other seasons.

Rest and Fruitfulness

During the winter, trees appear dead and lifeless. But they are not dead at all.  Trees go through a process similar to hibernation called dormancy which allows them to survive the winter.  Dormancy is like hibernation in that everything within the plant slows down — metabolism, energy consumption, growth and more. The trees are not working hard, they resting easy.  And by resting they are able to be more fruitful because they conserve their resources and energy for when the season is just right.  They are waiting for the light.

Rejoicing in ALL Things

One of the things that I love about trees is that they are consistent. They grow where they are planted. They don’t complain. They just stand there with their branches raised to the skies as if to say to God, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow…”. And their praise isn’t conditional like mine all too often is. They praise and worship God in sunshine and storm.

You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Isaiah 55:12

Unseen Preparation

When the winter snows lay thick, under the carpet of white the roots grow slowly out of sight, preparing for spring and the growth to come. No pitty party with deciduous friends.  I wish I was more like a tree!


Here’s one of my favorite poems about trees that reminds me to be more like a tree. By the way, Joyce was actually a man but he didn’t complain… he (RE)Joyce(d).  I know that was a bad joke but enjoy the poem anyway!  

By Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Personal Reflection

Gentlemen, God has a special message for you that connects your spiritual experience with this nature observation.  Jesus often used nature object lessons to teach deep spiritual truths and it’s still one of the most powerful ways he uses to connect your heart and mind.

If you will take a few minutes to reflect on what God is saying to you through his “still small voice” I think you will be excited and amazed.  Read through the Questions to Consider prompts and then write down his message to you in a journal. You’ll be glad you did!

Questions to Consider: 

  • General Application – What spiritual object lessons can you see?
  • Personal Application – What spiritual application can you make to your life?
  • Bible Application – What scriptures come to mind that relate to this topic?
  • Personal Action – God has spoken to your heart. What will your response be to Him?

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