I wrote this while sleepy last night--I've made a few neccesary edits and corrections.
The following link is to a story of an unusual tree that gives a new understanding to the "weeping willow". Read the article,here
Here are the pictures associated with the story.
I don't know what to make of it or the cause, but I find it amusing that people are already claiming healing properties and are probably planning pilgrimages to the soon to be "holy tree". So many are thirsty for the supernatural that they are willing to embrace anything but the one God who is truly supernatural. Everything else is created by Him and for Him.
A conversation tonight was on Genesis 1 and how so many of the other religions of this world on some level worship the earth, the trees, the sun or moon, and yet these are all created things--and the implication is why would you waste your time worshipping these things when you could be worshipping the Creator who made these things?
It's worse than going to a dealer when you can buy factory direct! Picture this scenario. Imagine going out to eat with your family. You have plenty of money and you're not in a hurry. You're in a crowded restaraunt, waiting for a table to open for you, and the moment a group gets up to leave, you rush and sit down. The table hasn't been cleared yet and you pick up a dirty fork and begin eating all the leftovers on the plates. That's crazy! But our foolishness doesn't end there. Eventually, the waiter comes along and asks to remove all the plates, give you menus, and is willing to give you your meal on the house since you had to wait so long. And instead of taking his offer, you insist that your family is satisfied eating the scraps and you act contented with the meal.
That's not even as bad as what we do when we commit idolatry by worshipping anything other than God in our lives--worshipping and serving the created things, rather than the Creator as Romans 1 puts it. So many would rather have the cheap carbon copy, than the real thing--rather have the plastic pearls over the priceless pearls given as a gift.
The Father seeks worshippers who will worship Him "in spirit and in truth". Through Christ, we are invited past the outer courts, past the beurocracy, past any hindrance and into the Throne Room of God. We are invited to an audience with the Almighty God and we turn Him down. And so often our attitudes are more like "anything but that" rather than the three disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration when they essentially--"let's settle down and stay right here". We'd rather have the scraps than the true and living God.
Why do we do this?