condominium project has well-landscaped grounds,
thanks to a professional gardener who keeps
everything looking green and lovely. Besides
the well-maintained grassy areas and flower
gardens, numerous pine trees planted over fifteen
years ago have grown beautifully and thrived.
Except one. And unfortunately, the exception
happens to be right out my kitchen window.
first appearance, the tree appears fine, standing
straight and proud and looking as though it
could last another fifteen years. You would
never know there was a problem unless you lived
here and saw the drama played out each winter.
Because this tree was planted in a poor location,
the ability of the root system to grow deep
has been impeded. So every time our infamous
Crowley winds start to howl, this unstable tree
starts to fall.
gardener has made numerous noble attempts to
save the tree, propping it back up and tying
it to anything stable in the vicinity. But all
to no avail - the next time the winds blow,
the tree topples over again. And of course,
now that the root system has been so weakened,
the poor tree cannot take even a moderate wind
without succumbing. In addition to this, we
have to carefully water our fragile tree because
without a healthy and developed root system
it has no adequate way to get the moisture it
so desperately needs.
The on-going saga with our pine tree reminds
me of a Bible passage: "Blessed is the
man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence
is in him. He will be like a tree planted by
the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves
are always green. It has no worries in a year
of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
see myself in the analogy of the tree. When
I am careful to cultivate my relationship with
the Lord, placing my trust and confidence fully
in him, I'm not easily disturbed or shaken by
the storms of life. God provides a solid and
unmovable peace that abides in my heart and
mind as I keep my eyes on him.
there have also been times in my life when I
was just like that weakened pine tree, unable
to stand even the slightest wind of opposition
or oppression without toppling. What a frustrating
and unstable feeling that is! But thank God,
I don't have to stay in that state of fear and
vulnerability! There is strength and protection
when I put my trust in the Lord.
things are going smoothly in our lives it's
easy to be lulled into thinking that pursuing
and cultivating a relationship with Christ can
be put off for a later time. And then WHAM,
a huge storm comes rolling into our lives and
we're left regretting that we didn't allow our
roots to go deeper.
you find yourself in the same position as our
crippled pine tree, put your roots down deep
by seeking God in a more determined way, giving
number one priority to cultivating a personal
relationship with your Creator. It may take
some time, but eventually your root system will
strengthen and you will be like a flourishing
tree planted by streams of living water.
Friedrichsen is a Christian Speaker
and Freelance Writer living in Mammoth Lakes,
CA. To find out more information about her ministry
visit her website at www.pfministries.com
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The Bible, Jeremiah 17:7-8