We’re in the middle of fixing some things in our front yard. We had some very large, very MESSY trees that flanked our driveway. They were pretty from afar but such a hassle to live with.
When the landscapers came to take down the trees, it started okay. They cut down all the branches pretty quickly and things seemed to be going smoothly.
Until they had to take out the stumps.
The wood was so hard that they broke three chain saws trying to cut through them. The roots went so deep that pulling it out of the ground with the truck was not going to be a possibility.
Three men were doing everything in their power for three days to remove them. No matter what they tried, the trees stood unphased.
They were scarred from attempted cuts, and their essence (branches, flowers, fruit) were gone. But still they stood.
What if we were like those trees? Creating and investing in relationships that grow our roots deeper and deeper. Standing tall through storms over and over, bearing our scars as proof.
The landscapers, armed with axes, finally chopped through enough roots to pull the trees up.
There’s another metaphor in there about what happens to us when we lose our connections and community with other people, but I’ll spare you that today.
Today I just want us to think about committing a little bit of time cultivating our root systems and being grateful for the people that hold you in the ground so that you can weather the storms of life.
Hey, at least these metaphors make better sense than the ones on Sunday, right?