That same storm decimated the tree line in southern Ontario. The curious thing is that some trees broke off at the trunk, others lost a few big limbs, and still others remained intact. It wasn’t the older, or even the most weathered trees that collapsed. There was no rhyme or reason to the wounding.
Some trees just bent under the weight of ice, and then as the sun hit, their ice melted and they bounced upright again, stronger for their trouble. Funnily enough, a week later, other trees suddenly snapped. They had withstood the worst, but collapsed when healing began. Sunshine melted the ice on some trees, yet others, under the very same sunshine, did not.
We too have storms and get iced over, so to speak. Some of us give up under the weight, while others trust God and cling to his promises. Icy grudges cover some hearts long after a storm subsides. Deep roots of faith keep others sturdy, no matter what.
Dare we ask ourselves what kind of tree we are?
They will be like trees that stay healthy and fruitful, even when they are old. (Psalm 92:14, CEV)
Prayer – Father God, we take you at your word. Good people will prosper like palm trees, and they will grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. Help us be one of those. (From Psalm 92:12) Amen!