June 2018: Thought For The Month

May 30 2018

A season for growth

My husband and I have been living on the edge of Hillfields now for 14 years and I have always been in awe of the magnificence of the trees that have been planted on the estate.

I have watched winter come when the trees lose their leaves and look quite barren. Spring arrives, the trees bring forth their leaves & they look alive again.

They are quite amazing and provide an avenue of shade to the sun we have recently been enjoying! 

If we travel through Hillfields Estate down to Thicket Avenue and look up and down that road they make an amazing picture – really worth seeing …

I wondered how old they were!  I knew already the estate had been built in 1919 for the soldiers of the First World War and their families. On looking up information I found out the trees could be around 80-90 years old.

There was a lovely story about a man who attended Hillfields School. When he was eight years old the class planted an oak tree that stands in the school playground – this was 75 years ago! So wonderful that he can still see that amazing tree – now fully grown. 

Recently in our church – Hillfields Park Baptist on Thicket Avenue - we planted with the children our new Olive Tree; we are calling her Olive, very appropriate!

Olive is now about 5ft tall. I wonder if I will be around to see Olive grow tall and flourish?

What is so amazing and interesting that from a seed or a sapling the rate of growth that occurs ... this is part of God's creation and in Genesis 1 v 11-13 the Bible says: God spoke “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties of seed bearing plants, every sort of fruit bearing trees” and there it was…Earth produced green seed-bearing plants, all varieties, and fruit bearing trees of all sorts.

God saw that it was good.

It was Evening it was Morning – day 3.

There is also a lovely story in the gospel of Matthew 13 v 31-32.

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, a man took and planted in his field; though it is the smallest seed of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of all garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.

I believe God wants to plant a seed in us: The Good News and the message of The Cross John 3 v 16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whosoever believes on Him shall be saved….

The Bible says we are like the earth; He wants us to receive this seed of the gospel and He will water it for us to receive the hope of Eternity in our hearts and fruitful in His Kingdom.

As we meet together in our churches may we reflect on these verses and allow God to continue that growth in us so we can become the people He wants us to be and to show His love and care to all in our local communities.