Friday, October 18, 2013

Lessons from the Trees

It's finally fall.  Summer gave one last hurrah about two weeks ago and the weather was hot and humid (over 90). It just so happened that was the weekend we were moving.  I believe I went up and down two flights of stairs about 100 times.
But now fall is here. Cool, crisp mornings, lots of sunshine, changes in the trees. Maryland (for those of you who do not know) is flat and full of trees. Deciduous trees, colorful trees, trees that amaze you for 3-4 weeks at this time of year. I love fall and the riot of colors.
As I pass the trees and watch them go from green to gold, red, orange, and maroon, I think of my grandson, Branch.  From what Kristin tells me, I think of his little life being "colorful" now.  He is growing and changing, and she feels the life of him each day-kicking, punching and moving around.  

But then, the winter will come.  The leaves will all be gone, the trees will be bare and stark.  The skies will be gray the sun will not brighten my day for very many hours.  How will I get through the winter, especially this winter?
 I believe I can face this winter because of spring.  Although those trees look dead and lifeless, they have life within, life that shows again in spring.  Branch's earthly life will be short, but there is life within, life that will live eternally, where he will be whole and healthy.  When my earthly life is over, I will begin the spring of my life, also whole and healthy. I will be with him and love him and be his grandma. 

When I look at the trees I am reminded of a verse in 2 Corinthians.  Therefore, we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

I thank God for lessons from His creation; lessons from trees.  The most important tree of all was the tree on which Jesus died.  Because of his death on a tree, and his Resurrection,  I have life and spring will come; forever.


  1. So beautiful Chris, truly God anointed words.

  2. This is such a beautiful post!

  3. Amazing to think about, that someday you will be able to enjoy and play with your grandson in heaven.