I met Brother Lawrence for the first time today. He told me that God had been especially good to him in his conversion. He was eighteen at the time, and still in the world. He told me that it had all happened one winter day, as he was looking at a barren tree. Although the tree's leaves were indeed gone, he knew that they would soon reappear, followed by blossoms and then fruit. This gave him a profound impression of God's providence and power which never left him.
-The Practice of the Presence of God
The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.
And once more the Philistines came up and deployed in the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of the Lord, and He said, "You shall not go up. Turn round behind them and come at them from opposite the willows. And as soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the willows, then you must move boldly, for then shall the Lord go out before you to strike down the camp of the Philistines."
- 2 Samuel 5:23-24
O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you.
I am like an evergreen cypress;
your faithfulness comes from me.
[Jesus] took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when we had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, "Can you see anything?" And the man looked up and said, "I can see people, but they look like trees, walking."
- Mark 8:23-24