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Thursday, November 15, 2007

I want to be like those trees!

As I pulled away from the school this morning I found myself a bit reflective. That is of the trees. Along 2nd Ave. there are these huge trees one right after the other.There they stood this morning in the brisk cold air towering high into the sky naked as ever. It was almost like they were a bit proud of their position, their season, this time that they were given. Normally I don't notice them much at this time of year but rather look forward to the new life they bring in spring or the dramatic performance they give in fall. Yet I know from my brief studies of the seasons while my oldest daughter was in kindergarten, that at this time or season all of their energy and efforts are put into their root system in order for survival during the harshness of winter.And then I saw it, not the naked limbs which seem so vulnerable to the elements but the huge trunk with what almost looked like legs going down deep into the ground.
Immediately I thought, " I want to be like those trees. No, not naked, but rather with deep roots and a strong foundation because life is often referred to as seasons." I know that during the difficult winter the tree is at risk of being hurt, losing a limb or two or three, and gasp even being forced to be pruned. But what if a tree refused to give up those leaves and stay green all year and put forth all of its energy towards staying in this one season, never changing? Like me at times, the tree would look pretty silly and eventually die of sickness and disease due to a poor root system. I could almost see it, the tree holding on to those dear leaves with everything it has as the cold air blew across the sky and than crying out for help, "Oh, dear God have mercy on me." Am I a tree refusing to go through the season that God is taking me? Do I resist the pruning? Am I more worried about what others see in me or am I concerned about only the roots, the foundation on which I am to stand even if it means I have to go through the barrenness of a winter season?
As I pulled into the garage and entered the warmth of my home, I prayed, "Lord, forgive me for holding onto so many leaves, for not shedding those things, those thoughts, and standing barren before You with my only desire to have a strong root system."

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:2-3
In Him...Chris
This post was written earlier this year at my personal blog Come to the Table

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Blogger Denise said...

Thank you for such a wonderful post.

November 15, 2007 at 2:11 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

What a great post! I will think of this as I gaze at the barren trees around our home, as well. Thanks for sharing, Chris!

November 15, 2007 at 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Lynn said...

Wow Chirs,

This post was written just for me today. Thank you!

November 15, 2007 at 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Makes me think of Psalm 1. "like a tree planted by rivers of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither..." I can just see the roots, tangling and twisting and going down deep, making a sure, solid anchor.

November 15, 2007 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Such a wonderful revelation, Chris. I will have to remember this the next time I'm trying to hang onto something the Lord is trying to get me to shed.

November 15, 2007 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger lori said...

Don't you just LOVE it when HE sends those messages to us in the most unlikely places.. Be assured that when I see that "naked" tree around town...I will think of myself and how I need to allow the PRUNING and DROPPING of MY's the only way to strong roots...
thank you for sharing!

November 15, 2007 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Kim S in SC said...

What a great reminder! Thank you for noticing and for sharing!
In Him,

November 15, 2007 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Such a beautiful post. I need to be more like the trees also! Thanks for sharing that with us. God Bless

November 15, 2007 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

What a great post as we begin to see all of the trees becoming bare... a reminder to focus on the unseen.

November 17, 2007 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

I've always been captivated by the beauty of trees in their dying. Same as with us, dying to self can be such a lovely thing.

This was a great post. :)


November 18, 2007 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Amy Grant Bayliss said...

This was such an awesome and beautiful post... I so relate! Thank you!

November 20, 2007 at 9:25 AM  

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