Today Don and Noah watched as a young tree snapped in half and fell to the ground. It was bound to a pole at two places – the bottom and the middle. Its trunk was not more than 4 inches in diameter. It was top heavy with many light green leaves. It was a sad sight.
Someone came and took the top part away while we were busy with our daily work. A little later someone else came and uprooted the tree and removed the pole; leaving only a slight dent in the ground to mark the place where it once lived.
I shared with Noah that that tree is a symbol of our character. Even though we are rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ, if our character is not solid at the core, when something comes against us, we are liable to snap at our weakest point and, like the tree, fall.
But, unlike the tree, the One who comes to us when we fall, comes to restore and not to remove. He heals and strengthens us wherever we are weak.
The process of growing in spiritual maturity, through the trials and testings we undergo, is about growing in faith and more in love with the One who loves and cares for us. The person who can withstand the winds of destruction is the one who has been tested and proven in the crucible of fire.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. ~ James 1:2-4