Last week we had a global expo at our church, Grace Church in Bath, Ohio, to expose the church body to the missionaries we support around the world and also to give people ideas of different global opportunities they could have through our missions trips, etc. There was a table there that was representing Mexico and I was asked to make a set of 3 trees that would be used there. They asked people to pray for Mexico City and put a thumbprint on the tree if they will be praying. This summer these trees will be taken as host gifts for the 3 different churches that Grace church is working with in Mexico. These fingerprints will symbolize to them all the people that are praying for them.
I think this was such a great idea and a great way to give people something they can see with their own eyes representing something that they can't see (prayer). Sometimes it is hard to comprehend the things that are unseen. I think of it this way... so many people find it hard to believe there is a God because they can't see him, but all of his creation speaks loudly to us if we just stop to listen to the wind rustle in the trees, and hear the waves crash on the shore, or hear a baby cry. There is no excuse for being unaware of God. It has been said before that "creation was God's first missionary".
“Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)
“Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:7-10)