If you could talk to a leaning tree…oh, the woes it could share with you.
A leaning tree is weak when the storms come. It’s more at risk of toppling over than trees with a good structure and an evenly balanced weight.
A leaning tree also presents a possible danger to the dwellers nearby, especially if the tree hovers closely to a house or electrical wires.
A leaning tree sometimes becomes very unstable and unhealthy because it’s roots begin to pull up from the ground, exposing the precious roots that seek the water and nourishment it needs from the ground. It lessens in strength as the roots pull from the solid foundation beneath.
There are many of us leaning the wrong way, just like these miserable trees…
We may find ourselves trying to do things our “own way.” We may start leaning to our own understanding on matters. In doing so, we become so weak in the storms of life. We become unstable and unhealthy because we’re deprived of the nourishment of God’s Word. We lose our firm foundation in Christ, who is our solid rock.
We become so miserable trying to bear the weight of our trials. When the wind blows hard we almost feel like toppling over. We become a danger to others that may be watching our testimony to see how we handle these storms of life. The damage we do to ourselves and others results from doing things our own way.
We certainly need God’s wisdom to make it successfully through life, but realize there will be times when we simply CANNOT understand all that is going on in our lives. We cannot understand what God is doing. This is the time when you and I just have to trust in the Lord with ALL our heart.
I want to encourage you today…
Stand tall. Keep your face and eyes tilted upward. Trust in the Lord. Don’t lean the wrong way.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. -Proverbs 3:5
God bless you and your family,
***P.S. Are you in the midst of a storm? Share with me your prayer requests in the comments below.