Standing tall toward the southeast corner of our front fence line is a stately cedar. It's dark green, aromatic and handsome with its conical shape. Last year we experienced a record saturation from rains raising the water table to within a couple inches of the ground surface. As a result our beloved cedar began to lose its grip. Leaning at about 3 degrees, the roots that once were hidden below the surface are now exposed straining to keep the tree erect. If they can hold out new roots will form, and while now more vulnerable to wind and softened ground our cedar will with strengthened roots endure for years to come.
A tribute to trees, but maybe not so much us?
If we are leaning a bit from the challenges of life – maybe ravages – are we like a mighty cedar though perhaps now more vulnerable since that last episode of whatever, straining to stay erect, but at the same time putting down more roots?
We could just let go and fall. Cedars don't have that choice. They are programmed to re-root for survival. We however may choose, and that is one factor that adds to our experience an element of risk. When we are shaken will we fall? If our roots are disturbed will we give in or strain to stay erect. It's automatic for a cedar, it takes courage and effort for you and me.
You are of more value than many trees.
"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving."
Colossians 2:6, 7
Grace today y'all!