Now you are probably wondering how I am going to possibly tie together trees and babies. Well, it started with the idea of the tree out front which is budding out again this spring. I noticed that the lower branches are filled with buds while those at the top are still waiting tight in their little sheaths. I thought they were something like children in that they grow from the bottom up.
The tree out front has such a special place in my heart, as during the last year of Harry’s life, he sat in his big easy chair and watched the seasons spelled out in its foliage. Gardening was always my thing, but he seemed fascinated by the tree. It went through all its particular stages before his September death…he never saw the tree stripped bare of its leaves and I often felt like the tree, that Fall and winter, bereft of all that had been so close to me for so many years. But God in his mercy knew there would be needed rest and that come the spring I too would find there was still life in me and seasons to be experienced.
On the radio yesterday a psychologist was speaking about how a tiny baby is learning from the very beginning. It is absorbing information and constantly using that to become that which God has in mind. We learn step by step, like babies and the tree out front has grown step by step until it has become mature and offers food to the birds and shade to the flowers underneath. It has fulfilled its purpose.
And we are much the same; growing physically and spiritually, ever changing. He has a plan for us. Sometimes we aren’t too discerning but hopefully we are fulfilling his purpose. What an adventure this is… with his help, achieving God’s plan for our lives.