Golden Country – Wattle Week Service

The Gift of Christmas

Each year the land is awash with yellow driving to Dalwallinu. The roads are flanked by golden canola paddocks and the nearby bush is warmed by Golden Wattle (Acacia). Each year, an ecumenical service is held at St Luke’s Church in the Parish of Wongan Hills-Dalwallinu to celebrate the colourful and resilient wattle tree, during Wattle Week. The Acacia, was chosen by God for special constructions and still it is important today.

The Bible speaks of the value of Acacia in Exodus 25,26,31. God gave Moses special instructions to build a tabernacle, or fancy tent, for him so that he could have a home among them. The Acacia wood was to be used for the Covenant Box, the table for the bread, the uprights and crossbars of the tent, the frame to hang the curtains and for the Altar. Wood was scarce in the Sinai Desert, but the Acacia was and is, one of the few trees to grow there. Visitors to this region find themselves in awe of the magnificent displays. Just think of the dozens of Acacias here, more than 120 varieties. They come in varying sizes, shapes and shades. There are slinky skirts, long sinewy flowers, short perky ones, and various frills and knobs. It is amazing that one flower family can produce such incredibly different shapes of flowers.

Romans 15 gives us an important message, to ‘Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.’ The Christian family is like the Acacia family in its infinite variety. It is a wide family of different nations, different cultures, different features and customs, all united because we are children of God, who does not force us into one mould. Our weakness is his strength, for he loves and uses us to spread the word of his forgiveness and love. God delights in variety. Every flower or person is different and special. Each brings something unique to the whole family. So just like wattles, we too must bloom wherever God places us. In barren desert, verdant farmland or vibrant city.

Article published in October 2018 Messenger magazine