As I look outside from my desk at work, my eyes are drawn to the small tree in my line of vision. To tell you the truth, this tree, through each of the four seasons, helps to keep me grounded and calms my spirit. The wind connects with the leaves either allowing them to ripple and shimmer gently in the breeze, or overwhelming them in a forceful way…causing the branches and leaves to sway and snap back and forth with each new gust.
God communicates with me through the character of this little tree. Today, I feel the complete stillness of the branches and leaves. Complete calmness. There is a storm waiting to unleash; heavy dark clouds are hanging in the sky…blocking the warmth of the sun.
That is exactly how I feel this morning.
In the last three weeks there have been little storms and bigger ones in our life. To name a few – our sump pump and hot water heater gave out and needed replaced, our two year old car had an issue that of course was not covered by warranty and was a sizable chunk of money, our air conditioner gave out and the system needs to be replaced, and the most current and threatening storm is my mom’s health. My mother will be eighty eight next month, and she has been living with my husband and me for eleven years. Lately, she has become noticeably weaker, and it is hard to watch her struggle to walk a short distance.
I feel powerless.
Like that motionless, still tree, I am called to wait…and trust in the Lord as the storms are brewing. Although, being human, I feel stressed and sometimes very confused as to where our path will lead in the future, I put my full faith and trust in the Lord. He knows all of our struggles, and holds us in His loving care as we weather those storms.
He works all toward good for those that love Him. And we love Him! Alleluia!
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:14
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28