Summary: Do we praise God enough? All creation is full of God’s glory. Nature praises Him and so must we.

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The Dancing Tree

How do we praise our Lord? With our worship, songs, joy or thankfulness? Do we really praise Him enough?

Sometimes when times get tough or when the mood does not strike us we can be fairly short in the praising God department. God in His Sovereignty requires our praise. He deserves it. In and out of love we accomplish it. As we learn to know His character and understand His immense grace and love, our hearts should burst into praise for Him ceaselessly.

In fact nature praises Him just this way. I never really understood this truism until one May evening.

Shortly before a meeting I stopped my car and spent several needed minutes in solitude. A moment of quiet and calm is very rare when you are a mother. I stopped myself from thinking about the hectic day, looked out of my windows and viewed the beautiful early evening.

May is such a nice time of year, I thought. It is when the green on the trees and hills redeem all of the gloominess from the winter and the heat has not yet descended for the dog days of summer. What a lovely twilight.

I looked about some more and saw a huge maple tree. Magnificent, tall and strong it had many leaves like a flowing royal garment. It was lush and full of gorgeous green foliage so not a branch could be seen. It was in all its glory.

As I continued my gaze I noticed many of the middle branches of leaves were moving in various circular motions. It seemed fairly standard at first, but it went on and on never stopping. The tree’s mid-section was in continual movement. Round and round, undulating and moving for over five minutes with no ending in sight. What kind of a breeze does that? I thought.

A rainstorm is rolling in, I thought. The trees must be blowing from an undercurrent of storm weather breezes. I surveyed the surrounding trees and saw none moving the same strange way. They were blowing in a typical fashion. This first maple seemed to be having its own party. It seemed alive. Could scores of children be hiding in the tree and gyrating the branches? I thought. Then it dawned on me, the tree is dancing! The weather is wonderful right now. I really think it’s dancing in joy.

I was reminded of the verse in Isaiah 55:12

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace. The mountains and hills will burst forth into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

I did go out from my car in joy and peace. I do believe I saw this tree dance and clap its hands. What a sight! Maybe you can’t believe if you don’t see it for yourself, but I was actually inspired. If I hadn’t chosen that time for a moment of brief solitude I would have missed the beautiful dancing tree. So if trees can dance and clap their hands, surely I can find the joy to be grateful for each day as well. All creation is full of God’s glory.

Go forth and praise His blessed name. Praise Him for His power, His love and His amazing grace and mercy!

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Sandra Cartlidge

commented on Mar 5, 2013

I was delighted to finally come across a testimony on your site of one who saw trees dancing for joy. About 20yrs ago my late husband and I saw 5 trees clapping "their hands" in summer on a beautiful sunny evening. The air was still and there were other trees in the clearing, but these 5 had bent their boughs toward the ground and the leafs on the branches brought themselves together like hands in a clapping motion. This went on for about 20 minutes until we left while they continued their clapping. All we could think of as we watched in wonder was "and the trees of the field shall clap their hands". It was truly remarkable but no one really took on board what we saw. Many times I have searched the internet to see if anyone else had the same experience, always asking the Lord to help me find someone and today I did!

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