Guest post by Michael Kelley:
Standing alone in the desolate savanna of Kenya’s Tsavo East National
Park, this acacia tree attracts animals from all around to its shade,
as is seen by the hundreds of worn trails directed toward it…
This picture reminds me of the words of Jeremiah 17:
“The man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord,
is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water; it sends out its
roots toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage
remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing
fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).
That’s what you see here. Green in a sea of brown. Growth in a land
that’s dead. Signs of life in the midst of a desert. When everything
else around gives way to the heat and the dirt and the wind, the tree
remains. And that “remaining” calls out to everything around it, and
everything around it comes.
They come curiously, wondering how such a thing could still remain in
a land so hostile and dead. They come, skeptical at first but still
asking where the source of life is. They come, and they find shade.