Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord. 1 Chron. 16:33
In the last Chronicles of Narnia movie (Prince Caspian), Lucy made a comment upon returning to Narnia that stuck me: “Why aren’t the trees dancing? What’s wrong with them?” There in the movie theater I had a revelation – trees were created to sing and dance. It’s a mark of a fallen world that they stand stoic and lifeless, and we pass them every day without taking much note of them.
Like the people of this city. Stoic. Lifeless. Unnoticed. That’s not how we were created to be either.
What do trees look like when they are the way they were made to be? The Bible says they sing. And they praise the Lord. Like true worshippers, they dance before their Creator.
Yesterday I drove home from a conference in the aftermath of Hurricane Hanna. Most the storm had passed, but the wind was still whipping around. And the trees were full of life – they were moving every which way, waving their branches around in the air passionately and yet gracefully, and showing the undersides of their leaves. And it occurred to me that this must be like what trees look like when they worship. Except that they don’t need storm clouds to be rolling overhead. I can’t wait to see the trees when they sing for joy before the Lord when he returns.
In the same way, how wonderful it will be to see people the way they were created to be. Passionate, full of life, and truly loved by others. Dancing, singing, and praising with all their being. And, as the Bible says, all worshipping the one, true God – the God who is love.
I praise you, Lord, for your creation and that you will make all things new!