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 IF A TREE FALLS...

 

Kathy Dingus

 
 

I’m sure someone has asked you at one time or another, “If a tree falls in the forest, and there is no one around to hear it, does it still make a sound?”

That’s a rather philosophical question I know, but it’s one my children love to ponder upon. Another favorite is…”Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”   Or…yet another one…”Why did the chicken cross the road?”

We all know that a tree falling has to make a noise even if there is no one around to hear it, don’t we?  Or do we?

And we all know that God created the chicken first.  Didn’t He?

As far as why the chicken crosses the road…I really have no idea.  I just know that’s a favorite question asked me by my children, that I really have no reasonable answer to.

Children can ask some of the most perplexing questions can’t they?

I guess we can ask some perplexing questions too, of  God. Similar to the which came first the chicken or the egg?  I know we give God more than a few chuckles.

After endless speculation and pestering from my children on these questions, I tend to reach a point of exasperation.  “You will just have to take my word for it” I finally end up telling them.

Now my question to you is…if Christ died and rose again, and we weren’t there to see it, did he really?  Are we really saved by grace?  Is Christ our Savior and did he die for us on the cross to save us from our sin, just because He loved us?

Hebrews 11:1 states “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do no see (or hear  for that matter).  I have heard a tree fall when my father chopped one down many years ago.  It did make a noise.  So I can go on “faith” that when a tree falls in the forest it will make a sound, whether I am around to hear it or not. 

Genesis 2:19 also states “Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beast of the field and all the birds of the air.  He brought them to Adam to see what he would name them, and whatever the man called each living creature that was it’s name.” Hmmm…each living creature….not an egg.  So I can surmise from the Bible, that the chicken was created before the egg.    Of course, this all depends upon my believing in things that I have not seen.  Faith…

So friends….if a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?  Did Christ die on a tree, did he rise from the grave and arise to heaven?  Did God create a chicken or an egg first?

It depends on our faith in things not seen, or heard. 

It doesn’t really matter about the chicken or the egg, or the sound in the forest…but it does really matter to me that Christ did die for me, and was buried, and rose again.  It matters to me that He saved me from my sins by grace.

We often tell our friends who come to us for advice in times of trouble to “have faith.”

Well, brothers and sisters, have faith.  God is in charge.  If you need more faith, the neat thing is…all we have to do is ask Him for it.  He will supply all of our needs. We can take that on faith too!   Hallelujah for that!