Do you ever look at a tree and wonder about all the things it’s seen? I do. We have a large tree outside of our living room window and I often look at it and wonder about everything it’s been through. I remember the ice storm of 1994. It was pretty bad around here. I imagine it lost some limbs during that storm.
Then I think about things it must have seen even further back. How old is the tree? It could be over 100 years old, I’m sure it is. So it was here before these apartments were. Maybe even before our town was formed. Maybe it used to be part of a forest. If so I wonder how it managed to survive the growth of the town around it.
We live in a tornado-prone area so I’m positive that in the years the tree has been alive it’s been through some rough storms. You know what though? The tree keeps living.
We are like the trees. Each year we see many things come our way. We have many good days that string together and they seem to fall by the wayside when it comes to remembering our life. The storms, however, those stand out. We had a huge tornado outbreak in 2011 here. Everyone remembers it. Why? Because it was so horrible. It’s the same way with our life. We remember the storms that come because they are so horrible.
The good things get swept under the carpet and are seldom remembered unless they are big things like births and weddings. Yet each day that we wake up healthy and having our needs met is a great day. Nonetheless, we still grow. We still stand. Like a tree that weathers the storms and keeps on doing tree things, we weather our storms and keep on doing people things.
Don’t Let Life Break You
Some of us may be able to weather the storms just fine. Sure we may lose a branch here and there, but that type of pruning is needed. Others of us have much more trouble. The storms may uproot us, and some even get broken. What can we do to avoid this?
The first thing we can do is have a prayer life. If we have a relationship with the Father then the storms are much easier to come through. If we have that relationship then it’s much easier to keep our focus on him and not on what’s going on.
Second, you should find someone you can talk to. If you have a close relative or friend that you can confide in. Make sure it’s someone you fully trust and know that they won’t gossip about you. Sometimes just getting stuff off of your chest can help ease the load.
And finally, if you need to, don’t feel ashamed to ask for help from a professional. Counselors and pastors are a good place to start. There is no shame in needing help. There are people you can talk to and that’s what they are there for.
In closing I want to bring us back to the tree. In the Winter the tree seems to be dead, but it isn’t. Don’t be fooled by what things appear to be. It’s not as bad as it seems. Stand firm and know that life will return in it’s time. Just like Spring when the trees begin to clothe themselves with new green leaves. Your life is going to renew. In Summer the trees are full of life, and in the Fall they put on a spectacular show.
The beauty of it is, that in every season the tree still experiences storms, but it continues to stand, grow and be it’s best. You’re the same. In each season of your life, you’re growing, you’re building trust with the Father, and you’re being pruned. The whole process while painful at times is beautiful.
God will help you if you call out to him. Don’t be afraid to lean on him. He knows what we need better than we do. He’s always come through for me and I know he won’t stop.