The President Tree

I had written a very “impressive”  blog about an impressive tree. It was ready to publish and got lost in cyber space. I’ve been working on a story for children about the tree. I’m referring to the second largest and oldest tree. I’ve kind of used up all my inspiration. Let me give you a link so you can go read about this tree and also what I’ve written as a story.

The President

gran arbol4 copyDid you know that there are trees that have existed for more than three thousand years? These trees were tall and strong even before Jesus Christ came to the earth. One of these trees is called the “The President”. It is the second largest tree in the world and has existed for 3200 years! This tree is as high as 25 houses stacked on top of each other and measures 27 feet wide. It has about two billion leaves! Wow!

If you looked up you couldn’t see the entire tree and it would be impossible to take a picture of the whole thing. But some very skilled photographers figured out a way to do it. They met with scientists and made plans for how to take photos of the entire tree. They had to use special equipment to climb the tree and take thousands of pictures. Then they chose the best photos and put them together like a puzzle. You can see the composite picture on the internet. It is awesome!

THE TREE OF LIFE
There is another very impressive tree that we know about, but nobody in the world has ever seen it…because it is in heaven! It is called the Tree of Life and it yields twelve crops of fruit every month. Read about it in Revelation 22:1-2. One day we’ll see it when we go to live in heaven.

YOU AND ME…A TREE?
But the most exquisite tree talked about in the Bible is made up of you and me. Of course, we’re not really trees made of wood, but Jesus says we are like trees. Jesus is the tree trunk. He called it the “True Vine” and He said that all who believe in Him are the branches of the tree. People all over the world are a part of the True Vine.

God is the gardener who takes care of the tree. If someone does not bear fruit, He takes that branch away and He prunes or trims all the branches who bear fruit so that they will bear more fruit. How wonderful to be part of the tree that has branches all over the world!
If you believe in Jesus Christ and have received Him as your Lord and Savior, you are a part of that great tree, which is Jesus Himself…the True Vine. Jesus said if we abide in Him, we will bear much fruit, but without Him we can do nothing.

A FRUITFUL TREE
Have you ever read Psalm 1? There is a beautiful promise to those who do not walk with sinners but follow the ways of God and meditate on His Word. They are like a tree that is planted near a stream of water. It bears its fruit at the right time and its leaves don’t dry up.
It is amazing that there are trees that have existed three thousand years but it is much better to be a part of the True Vine, abiding in Jesus and bearing much fruit.

To print the story: 15 Gods Awesome Trees

Poster: 15 Gods Awesome Trees Poster

Page to color: Tree to color Psalm 1

 

I’ll be back when INSPIRATION returns! Stay blessed!

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About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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