He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around,” (Mark 8:24, NIV).
This morning during my prayer time I prayed for the missionaries and pastors of Europe as I usually do. But this morning I was led to pray for them a bit differently. Today I was led to pray for them to grow like trees. In my mind’s eye I saw trees as in time-lapse film: I saw their branches lengthen, bud, and grow thick and green with leaves as they reach toward the sun. I also saw their roots spreading and burrowing deeper into the rich dark soil. And in the process their trunks grew thicker and stronger.
Then I remembered Psalm 1:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper, (Psalm 1:1-3, NKJV, emphasis mine).
So if you are a missionary or pastor in Europe or if you are one of my missionary or pastor friends elsewhere in the world, this is how I prayed for you today. God is good!