Isaiah 55:12 . You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before You, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
I love this time of year. In the woods around where I live, the vegetation seems to have exploded in recent weeks, into a verdant profusion of leafy growth, and as a backdrop the birdsong resonates with a cacophony of melodic noise, as though cheering on what is happening. The trees are mainly deciduous, and the broad-leaf varieties have positioned their leaves at just the right angle, designed to get a glimpse of the heavens. All the new growth seems to be doing its utmost , striving to reach into the heavens to suck in every ray of light, succeeding so effectively that at ground level it seems quite dark and gloomy. But even here the smaller grasses and plants are growing quickly and there are even small flowers breathtakingly beautiful in their colours and form, mopping up any stray light that happens to break through the canopy above. What an example of praise, extravagant praise to our Creator! What an example for us to follow. The message from the plant kingdom seems to be that extravagant praise maximises growth and releases the potential in every single organism. Would that be true for us as well?