This article is taken from: Forces & Motion, by Tom DeRosa and Carolyn Reeves. Master Books, 2009. P. 37. This is one of the books in a series known as Investigate the Possibilities by Master Books.
It’s My Tree, I Built a Nest In It
Dyan’s favorite place was the big oak tree that stood next to his uncle’s house. He traveled with his parents twice a year to visit his relatives, and Dyan dreamed often of the great tree that shaded everyone from the hot sun. There was a special place where he and his cousins climbed in the afternoon, enjoying the refreshing breeze as it passed softly through the leaves, and pretending they could see to the ends of the earth.
One day his uncle said, “Dyan, I have a gift for you. There is an acorn in this box to take home with you. Find a place near the edge of your father’s garden, dig a large h***, and filled it with the best soil around. Then plant the little acorn there and water it every day until it sprouts. Make a fence to go around it so the tender plant won’t get trampled.”
Dyan thanked his uncle many times. He did everything exactly as his uncle had told him to do, and before long a tiny oak tree began to grow.
His father reminded him it would be a very long time before the tree would make a shade. Dyan wished it would grow faster, but it made him happy to dream about the day when it would become a big tree. As Dyan grew taller, so did the tree. One summer he noticed the tree had grown taller then his father.
Then the day came when Dyan was a man, and he built a new house close to the oak tree for himself and his wife. New branches grew each year and old branches became stronger. Dyan’s family also grew as a son was added to his family.
It wasn’t long before there was a family of black birds sitting in the tree. They were called geezy birds by the people in the local village. The birds soon built nests in the oak tree. They squawked loudly and threateningly at all the animals and the other birds who ventured too close. More geezy birds moved in, each laying claim to a different branch. They argued and fought day and night over who had the right to each square inch of the tree.
Dyan and his wife were too busy farming and taking care of their young family to pay a lot of attention to the geezy birds. Dyan didn’t like the irritating noises they made or the smelly mess they made under the tree, and he knew he would have to get rid of them sometime. Then one day, his young son went outside to play under the tree, and the meanest birds swooped down, pecking and clawing the little boy, until he ran inside crying and frightened.
Dyan was furious as he saw his son scratched and bleeding from the bird attack. He asked his son, “Who owns this tree—us or the birds? The birds think they do, because they built their nests and perch in the branches. But they do not. This is my tree that I planted and nourished so that my children could play in its shade. The birds will have to go.”
With that, he proceeded to eliminate and chase away the birds with his shotgun. He destroyed their nests and cleaned up the mess the birds had made underneath the tree. When he finished, it was just as he had dreamed it would be—a beautiful and safe place for his children and his family to enjoy.
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The question is, who owned the oak tree—the birds who built nests and perched in its branches or the man who planted the acorn seed in his field?
The bigger question is who owns the earth—the people who live on earth and build their homes here or the One who planned and created the people and the earth?
How you answer this question is very important, because it becomes one of the foundations of your worldview—how you think about everything. If you recognize that God created the heavens and the earth, then you will also understand that He is the owner and He makes the rules. Knowing that we are ultimately accountable to Him, we will live our lives with that in mind.
If you think there is no God, that He is not important, or that He has no interest in what you do, then you will think and act very differently about everything. You will likely make up your own rules about how to live, and you will not be too concerned about how God wants you to live.
Read Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:10-11, Psalm 89:11, and Haggai 2:8.
What do all of these verses tell us about God?
Why is it important to understand this?
What is a worldview? What kind of things makes up a worldview?