“I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together,” (Isaiah 41:19)
Isaiah refers to the traditional Christmas tree, the pine tree. In Isaiah, this is not an artificial tree, or even a cut tree. It is live. This pine tree is not covered with Christmas lights to decorate a living room or front lawn. This Christmas tree is planted in a desert.
In such an environment, it is impossible for the pine tree to exist, but by God’s almighty power it does. In fact, a forest of trees thrives in this desert. The cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, cypress, and plane tree can all live in this desert because God has miraculously turned the desert into a garden paradise (Isaiah 41:18-19). The pine tree and other trees flourishing in what was formerly a desert is a sign of the wonder working power of God.
When you look at your Christmas tree, see it as more than ornamentation. See your tree as a reminder of a Christmas miracle. The Lord wants to do something miraculous in the deserts of your life. Is your prayer life dry as dust? Do you feel deserted by friends and family? In what area of your life have you not borne fruit? The desert is the place for the miracle of Christmas.
Thank you, Jesus, for suffering desertion on Calvary so as to change my deserts into paradise.