It’s funny sometimes how God answers your prayers…or at least acknowledges them for you. But it always amazes me when He uses other things in my life to really pursue my heart.
The other day I was asking to hear His voice, to quiet my own thoughts so I can better hear His, and know His plan for my life. Then, I flipped my bible open to Psalm 29 only because it was the 29th, and I hadn’t been reading anything specific in another book of the bible. I had to chuckle when pretty much the whole chapter was about “the voice of the Lord.”
It said the voice of the Lord: is over the waters, thunders, is powerful, is majestic, breaks cedar trees, strikes lightning, shakes the desert, twists the oaks, and strips the forests bare.
Ok, ok, so according to Psalm 29, His voice is pretty strong and loud…maybe we don’t have to try as hard as we think to hear it. Maybe we just need to clear out all the other junk in our lives that is competing with our ability to hear Him.
I just happened to be diffusing Lavender and Cedarwood essential oils while I was reading, so the part about the cedar trees caught my attention. I did a little bit of research and discovered that Cedrus atlantica is supposed to be the species of cedars most closely related to the biblical Cedars of Lebanon. And that just happens to be the species that YoungLiving uses for their Cedarwood oil!
It was like an instant connection for me. I was imagining myself there with the writer of the Psalm, looking out into the forest of cedar trees. And with my diffuser, it was as though I was smelling what he was smelling. It was like a giant hug from God, letting me know that He hears me, and He is with me.
In the research on Cedarwood oil, I found it is most commonly used to ease stress, calm nervous tension, anxiety, and has a calming effect when you’re angry. It was used by North American Indians to enhance their spiritual connection, creating a symbolic umbrella which protects the earth…like how a tree will protect wild animals sleeping underneath it at night. The tree provides protection, a place for the animal to recharge and rejuvenate for the day ahead.
And just like the tree does for the animals, my time with the Lord always recharges me and readies me for the day. Taking that time to sit under His protection, to recharge gives me clearer vision for His will in my life. At the end of chapter 29, we are reminded that He will give us strength, and He will bless us with peace. In a time when I am uncertain and searching, knowing He provides me with those two things (strength and peace) is so comforting.
Even if it’s just one small chapter of the Psalms, I urge you to take a moment each day to sit in His shade to recharge.
Other uses for Cedarwood:
- Smooth skin by adding Cedarwood to your favorite face or body lotions and skin care products.
- Put a few drops in your shampoo and conditioner for shinier-looking hair.
- Put a drop or two along with a drop or two of Lavender in your mascara to help strengthen and lengthen your lashes.
- Create custom scents featuring Cedarwood. Great combos include Tea Tree, Neroli, or Bergamot.
- Enjoy the outdoors annoyance free with Cedarwood blended with Citronella, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Myrtle, Clove, or Lemongrass.
- Massage onto sore joints to help with inflammation.
- Massage onto sore muscles to help relax.
- Help regulate your menstral cycle by just inhaling.
- Can be used to help calm children who have problems focusing.
- Plus many more…
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