ENTER IN TO THE TREEPLANTER’S REST
Psalm 100:1-2 ESV
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
Serving the Lord with gladness is one of the perks we have as Christians. Most people relate work, or serving, with duty which lends itself to serving out of obligation rather than delight. There is a spiritual place available to us where we can enter into a place of rest and service regardless of what the
circumstances may be.
One of my first experiences with this supernatural service took place in the mountains of Oregon and Washington when I was doing reforestation work to support our Bible school in California. Parris and I lived in the mountains with our infant son Jeremy for seven months. We would camp with our team near a river, and live in our tent village. The living conditions and working conditions were quite difficult.
Tree planting takes place in the fall and winter months, and is especially cold and rainy in the mountains of the Northwest. Planting trees on the sides of those mountains for 10-12 hours per day was quite difficult and rather dangerous. Because of the conditions, without serving the Lord with gladness, you could be quite miserable. I experienced a number of those miserable days. One of the things we were taught by our Pastors was what they called “entering in”! The author of Hebrews describes this in Hebrews 4:11. “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of
You could embrace the work with joy if you embraced the Lord and His presence while treeplanting and if you saw the work connected to the ministry. Our physical work was advancing the kingdom, believing and acting on this changed everything. Planting trees in the mountains proved to be a great joy in my life. I was able to learn how to “enter in” and embrace the Lord in the midst of unpleasant circumstances. I was learning to serve the Lord with gladness.