Trees of the Field

By Wendell Kimbrough 1 Corinthians 3:12–15, Isaiah 55:1–6

"Trees of the Field" is an original song written and performed by Wendell Kimbrough in response to 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 and Isaiah 55. We are pleased to share this song along with an image of the painting “The Patient” by Lauren Shea Little, painted in reaction to Kimbrough’s song.


Wendell Kimbrough
Lauren Shea Little
Artist Location
Southern Alabama


1 Corinthians 3:12–15

12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Isaiah 55:1–6

1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

6 ¶ Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Wendell Kimbrough

Wendell Kimbrough

From the Artist

"Trees of the Field" is a reflection on the value of work in a broken world. Does our work matter? For all the time, toil, and frustration we put in, will our work ultimately be of any value? The song wrestles with these questions in light of 1 Corinthians 3 and Isaiah 55. It sees the Corinthians passage as posing a question to which Isaiah 55 suggests answers.


Wendell Kimbrough is a songwriter and worship leader in southern Alabama who believes church music should simply be good music that forms us as we sing it together. Drawing on the sounds of  American folk and soul music, Wendell writes scripturally-rich songs  with singable, memorable melodies. His music has been embraced by a growing number of churches, young and old, large groups and  small, contemporary praise bands and traditional choirs.

“There is nothing better than experiencing intimacy with God in the midst of a room where your friends and family are gathered together, experiencing a similar thing. This is why I lead worship; this is why I write songs.”



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