What do you see when you look at a tree?
Probably the same things I do: its pleasing shape, the attractiveness of the leaves, its height, or the welcoming shade it casts. The presence of flowers, fruit, or nuts on its branches would also catch my attention.
But someone who wants to use the tree will look at it quite differently.
A woodworker will assess a tree’s trunk and branches and have a sense of the quality of wood it will bear. He or she will know which areas will produce the truest grain, and whether the core of the tree is likely to be “conky,” or decayed inside.
My grandfather could judge a tree in this way.
He could discern how the way the tree had grown and the stresses it had been exposed to would combine to make the strongest grain. He could point to the best part of the tree out of which to make an axe handle, for instance.
My grandfather and I could look at the same tree but see entirely different things. I would consider the outside, but he would look much deeper.
I think God’s vision works in the latter way.Read more