This summer my family agin camped at Carver Park Reserve, just s few short miles from our home. On the way to the camp ground I passed a tree set on a small hill all by it’s self. I took not of the tree and over the next few days became convinced that this tree was a subject worthy of a photo. So what else could I do but stop and take a picture. One photo began a small obsession.

Many times over the next few weeks and months I stopped by to look at a photograph “my tree”. I watched as the leaves began to turn to brown and then as they drifted away. I find myself waiting for the first morning where the frost will cover all the branches, and even for that first snow that will change the landscape around my tree.

There is something powerful and majestic in my tree, there is also something that speaks of the splendor of the Creator. Scripture tells us that “The heavens declare the Glory of God;” (Psalm 19:1) I also know that this tree declares the Glory of God in the simplicity of its design and in its quiet sentinel like nature on that hill.

“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.” (Genesis 2:9)

I don’t think it was any accident that in the Garden of all God’s planted trees that were pleasing to the eye. He also planted in the middle of the garden planed two special trees, the tree of life, and the “forbidden tree” the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Solomon in the book of Proverbs describes Wisdom; “She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;” (Proverbs 3:18) I’m not sure that looking at this tree will bring me Wisdom, or life, but it does cause me to slow down, enjoy life and marvel at my God… so maybe there is a little wisdom in there. So if you are ever in Carver County head north out of Victoria on Carver County 11 and just south of the campgrounds on the east side of the road you will see my tree. Enjoy the view.

< Craig