FROM THE PRESIDENT
Talking to a tree? Strange thought you say? I was sitting on my back porch sipping my hot coffee with a radiant heater warming my skin one cool winter morning. I was pondering the paths my life has taken, going here, then there, and back, then starting over and wondering what if?
I happened to glance up at a leafless Oak tree in the wintertime, (Proverbs 1:20-33) and the tree began speaking wisdom to me. Getting spiritual here or just forming a bond with nature?
"Tree," I said, "now that your leaves are gone I notice your limbs are crooked, bending out, up, and then over again. Why didn't you just grow straight?" "Well," says the Tree, "my leaves need sunshine and must compete with other limbs for space, so I grew my limbs so the leaves could have their day in the sun. You probably didn't notice my underground roots either. There was no water for my roots, so I grew roots to the water so they could satisfy their thirst. And also, but my limbs and roots all know they must grow together to balance the trunk, lest I fall over leaning too far."
"Well, that makes sense", I replied. Then the Tree said, "I overheard your thoughts about your paths being crooked like my limbs and roots. Do you suppose you may have had to go that direction at the time because something was blocking your way?" "You may have a point," I answered, "I cannot see what was in the way of my path back then, wondering what roads my journey led me down."
Silly me, talking to a tree, but I do feel better knowing that some of my so-called mistakes were the only options I had at the time. I am not alone making choices that temporarily take me down a different path. In fact, who knows, those choices may have been the best for me? Time for more coffee, the sun has been up aan hour now. Now I must make more choices, what to do today?
- Rick Tate
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