June 19

by Joe Hill

Today’s devotion will be a little different than usual. Please make sure that you have about 15 minutes to commit before getting started here. Get a piece of paper and something you can draw with- a pen/pencil, colored pencils, crayons… whatever you would like.

Read Psalm 1

Psalm 1 sets the stage for the entire book of Psalms by comparing the way or the “blessed” or “righteous” person with that of the wicked. Psalm 1 describes the righteous person as being like, “a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season. Whose leaf does not whither. Whatever they do prospers.” This is a vivid picture of flourishing! This tree is rooted in good soil, and always nourished by the streams. It is strong, and full of life, producing fruit when the time is right. 

Today, spend some time with this Psalm. Read it through a few times, and then- with your paper and drawing implement(s), draw using the following prompt:

If your relationship with God was a tree, what would it look like?

Is it firmly planted by streams of water? Is it feeling dry? Is it fruitful? Does it feel more like the leaves are withering? Ask God to teach you about yourself in this exercise. Let this metaphor guide you through an introspective look at your own relationship with God. 

Lastly, when you are done, share it with someone else. Explain to them why you drew it the way that you did. What does each part of the picture represent?

I know that drawing might not be your strong suit- it certainly is not mine. But leaning into different approaches to prayer and meditation can provide opportunity for experiences with God that we might not have otherwise had. 


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