Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The Wisdom of Trees
I have in my yard a tree blown down by a powerful west wind during a thunderstorm. It is a terribly sad thing to see a tree in such a state. Trees are the eldest, the long sufferers. They see decades, centuries. In Israel there are olive trees that have been known to have existed since before Christ. Thousands of years and they can teach us so much about wisdom. They are God's silent servants. They teach many doctrines found in the bible, long suffering, patience, grace. They go on day after day, year after year exerting very little effort on their surroundingss yet taking a great deal of punishment from it. They do things slow as we should taking time to make changes instead of rushing head long into one change after another searching for happiness and finding only fleeting pleasures. Happiness is something you build like layers of bark, it cannot be found in a tryst with a lover, or the high of a narcotic. We would be wise to listen to the trees and work from within to build the layers of happiness that comfort and indeed even protect against the trials and sufferings that are so much apart of our surroundings.