I See Men As Trees: Living Like A Tree
Mark 8: 22 Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. 23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything.
24 And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”
25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.
Many reading this passage of scripture interpret the message like this. Jesus came, saw a blind dude, spat on him, healed him half way, blind dude became “can kinda see dude”, then Jesus healed him the rest of the way. While that is how I saw this scripture for a long time, I can’t help but wonder something: “Who the heck looks like a tree?” In Lord of the Rings we come across the Ents (guardians of the woodland realms of middle earth that are literally giant tree men) and I’m pretty sure he didn’t see Ents.
Wait, A Tree?
After casually reading over this passage one day I had to stop again as I did in seminary those years ago, “But trees are narrow at the bottom, bushy at the top, super tall in comparison and have a bunch of limbs. There’s no way he was looking at men.” Then it hit me: “Was he seeing us how Jesus sees us?”
We may look nothing like trees but maybe we should live like we are
How Are We Like Trees?
Are we growing?
It is a difficult process involving so many different moving pieces. Growing in the spirit is hard work. Studying the word, learning Godly principles and putting them into practice is hard, but that is exactly what Jesus asks of us, and when we make that first step toward growth, he grants us grace to continue.
Are we receiving water?
The Holy Spirit is often depicted as water throughout the bible: John 7:39 – 39, Isaiah 44:3, John 4:14, 1 Corinthians 12:13 are a few of the examples I can think of. Do we get that daily filling from the Holy Spirit that we so desperately need for growing and becoming stronger?
Are we shedding off our leaves yearly?
Just like a tree’s leaves turn brown and shed off to survive the oncoming assault of winter (#WinterIsComing), we have baggage that needs a good assessment every once in a while. We don’t need distractions and negative influences sapping our precious energy in a time of crisis.
Are we giving off good or bad fruit?
love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control Galatians 5:22 – 23. That’s the good kind of fruit right there.
Are we cleansing the atmosphere around us?
You’ve heard it before “oh you are like a breath of fresh air” Are you? Or are you creating an atmosphere of negativity, gossip, slander and hate?
Do storms break us or make us take deeper roots?
Hey now. This is real! You can either bend or break from the pressure of life’s storms or you can dig in and get stronger. Ephesians 6:10 Finally, Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. The choice is yours.
Are we planted in good or bad soil?
If you are in a situation, job or relationship that is bad then you are trying to grow out of bad soil. You have to look at the “Soil” around you. Mark 4:8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”
We should make that decision today to live every day like a good, strong, healthy Tree.