While hiking through the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park, I noticed a memorial to a woman who had passed away. Some of her loved ones had placed her photo, a note, and a cross inside a pocket in the trunk of a towering Sitka spruce tree. The tree stood in the ancient forest as a silent sentinel, bearing witness to all humans who passed by on the forest path over many years. Its service as a symbol of God’s constant presence and solid strength inspired me, and likely many others, including the woman’s family who had chosen it as a place to honor her.
The tree inspired people to pray, and even seemed to be praising its Creator, just as people do.
The scene brought to mind a passage from the Bible: “Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:33-34).
We often find ourselves motivated to spend time with God in prayer when we’re outside in nature. In their own ways, other parts of creation like trees, water, and rocks are also praying, through the energy vibrations they’re sending out.
The unity of all living things praising their Creator is especially evident in heaven, according to reports from near-death experience survivors who come back with stories of active natural resources there. But we don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to benefit from natural prayer partners. Anytime we let nature inspire us to pray, we’re growing closer to God.
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