The lifeblood of trees is the sap. Amazingly, this sweet, clear fluid makes it way up to the very top leaf or needle of a tree towering high over the neighboring houses, bringing the nourishment to sustain life, this without benefit of a heart to pump it.
For several years, while a resident of Michigan, I’d tap a couple of maple trees in February to make syrup. It took a gallon of the sap to make about one cup of syrup. You had to boil the sap for several hours to get it to where you’d want it on your pancakes.
Some sap, like that from a pine tree, is really sticky, I mean really, really sticky. Soap and water won’t take it off; you have to use some kind of “goo” remover.
I find tree sap to be an interesting topic because it rarely is a topic of interest! We see trees all the time but rarely think of the sap running upward through its woody fibers.
God dwelling within a person of faith is sort of like this, like the sap flowing in a tree. God’s presence in a person is not physically visible, not able to be measured by any scientific means; God, after all, is spirit. Because of this the reality of God frequently goes unnoticed. Read the newspaper, check the news on the web, watch or listen to a newscast and see how often God makes the news. Not often. He is conspicuous by His absence.
This is what we fight against, a world that largely ignores God. This is strange when you realize He’s the biggest and most important subject, object, reality in all of existence. It’s a challenge, then, to keep God front and center in our consciousness on a day-by-day, hour-by-hour basis.
We notice the trees, their height, shape, color, but rarely think about the sap that gives them life. It is God who can truly animate our hearts and souls and our entire lives. He’s not to be seen, but He can be experienced!
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)