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I was reading a book not too long ago where one character gave driving directions that included turning left at the big oak tree. Obviously, this tree was a local landmark and could be used as a signpost in life.

Known for their longevity, oak trees were often a symbol of strength and endurance. They also were witness to certain events in history … and therefore served as a living memorial.

God met with Abraham by the oak trees of Mamre to deliver the news that Sarah would have a baby in her old age. (Genesis 18:1) I wonder how many times a pregnant Sarah walked past those trees and marveled at God’s goodness.

When Jacob’s family got rid of their foreign gods in order to serve the one, true God, Jacob buried the idols under the oak at Shechem. (Genesis 35:4) Many years later, Joshua gathered the people and challenged them to choose to serve the Lord … then set up a memorial stone under the oak at Shechem. (Joshua 24:14-26) I wonder if it was the same tree.

Should I mention that an angel appeared to Gideon under the oak in Ophrah and gave him the task to deliver the Israelites from the Midianites? (Judges 6:11-19)

Oak trees weren’t always a place for good memories. The heathen worshipped in oak groves. (Ezekiel 6:13) Absalom, usurper to the throne of King David, was killed after his hair got caught in the branches of an oak tree and was buried in the forest. (2 Samuel 18:6-17) Yet in both cases, God delivered the people and showed His power as He judged the wicked.

If I going to be like tree in 2012, I want my life to stand as a living testimony to the goodness and power of God.

What about you? What are the signposts in your life? Do you have life-changing moments to remember?

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