In our current culture, there seems to be a premium put on planting trees. Now trees in and of themselves are a wonderful part of God’s creation, but unfortunately, planting more trees will not save our planet from its ultimate demise. It’s fate is sealed by the final judgment of God.
An ancient proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” Looking back on the past twenty years, it’s easy to see all the trees that should have been planted: we should have spent less and invested more, we should have studied more, prayed more, taken the kids to more picnics, appreciated others more, watched TV less, worried less, laughed more, enjoyed life more, and on and on. The scriptures tell us to live each day to the fullest for His glory.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” Colossians 3:21
It’s easy to see today all the trees we failed to plant twenty years ago. And it may be tempting to dwell on those good things left undone. God, however, has forgotten them; those sins of omission have been cast into the same sea of forgetfulness as our other sins.
Instead, we must be about the business of planting trees today.
Paul said the following,
“Indeed, God is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of salvation.”
(2 Corinthians 6:2)
Yesterday will never be any different than it was, but today’s pages are still blank. Today is the day of salvation; today is the day to break the yoke of stagnation and start planting trees.