I was thinking this morning about how you can recognize an architect by the homes and buildings he designs. Frank Lloyd Wright was famous for his designs that complemented natural surroundings and that reflected organic shapes. The designs of God are all around (and within) us and we can recognize Him in the designs. One example is the tree. No man can claim a patent or take credit for a tree. They are designed for long life and they have the ability to reproduce. They are flexible, to withstand severe storms, and yet their substance is tough and can be used to build homes. They shield a tender inner core with a rough exterior. When they mature they often bear fruit to feed other creatures. As long as they have a source of water, light and adequate minerals they will continue to grow. They are attacked by diseases but they are equipped to defend and heal from them. Often they function to provide shelter to other creatures. Even in death their purpose endures as their wood lives on in furniture, paper, buildings and boats. But, perhaps the greatest quality of all almost eluded me. Every tree has a trunk that grows vertically and points to heaven. Every tree is a finger of God, pointing home to the father and reminding us to look up to Him.
Genesis 2:9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.