Yoko Ono – The Wish Tree

By Justin Dzoan – Talon Staff Writer

Married to the incomparable John Lennon, Yoko Ono has been called “the most famous unknown artist in the world.” She was born February 18, 1933 in Tokyo, Japan and was married to John Lennon in 1969 until he died tragically in 1980.

Yoko Ono was a Japanese artist and peace activist. Her mother was a Buddhist, and her father a Christian. In high school, Yoko said she was very interested in Buddhism, but as time went on, she showed signs of having many religious approaches and being endowed in eastern philosophies. She never claimed one religion, but claims herself as being very spiritual.

The Wish Tree is a form of art by Yoko Ono in 1981. It is a tree where people can put notes with wishes on it and it is said that their wishes will come true. In 1996, Yoko started the Wish Tree Project, where she would put wish trees in many communities. Then people all over the world could have their wishes come true.

Even though Yoko Ono was not entirely a Christian, her art in a profoundly simple way, reflects Christian truth. Here is what Romans 12:6 says, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith.”  Ono’s Wish Tree can serve as a reminder that there is one “tree” upon which far more than wishes were once placed.

Ono’s Tree is not unlike the cross. All of man’s hopes, fears, sins and failures fell upon the Lord Jesus, the Word of God who takes away the sin of the world. God grants us far more than our wishes. But unlike a tree, God hears our prayers and grants us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4).

Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree can be a reminder for us to cast our cares upon Christ, for He cares for us.