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To grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. Isaiah 61:3

 

Oaks of Righteousness

Written by Michael Herbert

Recently, I attended a memorial service for a good friend who had gone on to be with the Lord. He was a Naturalist who gave his life to the Lord while in college. As a Naturalist, he worked at one of the county parks in my area. One of the first tasks he had was to grow a prairie land where there was none before. Over the course of years, my friend Jerry made a way to grow a breathtaking view of wildflowers and beautiful prairie grasses.  As a memorial, the park planted a Burr Oak in the middle of the prairie to remember my late friend. The Naturalist who did the talking at the memorial and asked why they choose a Burr Oak tree to plant in the middle of the prairie. We walked up the hill for the dedication of the tree when the Naturalist asked again why a Burr Oak tree. A man spoke up and said, because the bark of a Burr Oak tree can withstand the flames if the prairie were to start on fire.  You see, God plants us as Oaks of Righteousness next to the living waters, but also with God as our source his righteousness allows us to endure the flames of life when they come our way. He created us to win and be able to endure all things regardless of how difficult. Our Lord is our shield and buckler. The next time the flames of life grow overwhelming, remember his righteousness is covering and protecting us like the bark on the Burr Oak tree.