Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he worshiped the Lord, the Eternal God.'

Genesis 21:33

I love the thought in this story of Abraham being out in the middle of nowhere, planting a tree and then worshipping the Eternal God. There is something so simple and yet so utterly profound about it.

In the background of the story Abraham had just finished dealing with two men; one a king of a nearby country; the second the commander of the king's army. He had made peace with both men. Now, he was alone, so perhaps, in memory of his agreement, or for the shade it would give, he planted a tree; then he worshipped the Eternal God.

We all have our business to attend to but in the midst of all our busyness can we find a place of solitude to 'plant a tree and worship the Eternal God.'
In other translations we read 'and there he called on the name of the Lord.' In other words he spent time in prayer.

No matter what you are going through; how stressed you are; there will be time somewhere for that solitude you need, even if it's only 5 minutes.

I read these words last week and found them very helpful: 'He would not have brought you by this path unless He had known that you were strong enough to bear it; or that He was strong enough to carry you, if the worst should come to the worst. And so, since He is there, do not fail to say His name a hundred times a day, if need be, as the antidote to pain.'

And so, this week, let us seek out those places, or minutes, of solitude and silence to fellowship with Him, the Eternal God.