"out of the ground
the Lord God made every tree grow
that is pleasant to the sight"
There's a tree growing in our front yard. Well, actually there are four. Well actually, that's not true either. We have four trees in our front yard, but only three are growing there. One is just standing there, standing in perpetual tribute to winter.
How's that for a light-hearted view of a dead tree?
Two are Birch trees. I love Birch trees, with their white bark and delicate leaves. One is a Red Ash, which we bought because it was a good price, and because baseball bats are made from Ash trees, and we love baseball. It's the tallest tree we've got, although you probably wouldn't find the height all that impressive. But we planted it ourselves, so its health and height are personal to me.
The fourth tree is not with the others, because we didn't plant it. And I'm not sure what kind of tree it is. It just sprouted at some point.
In other words, it's a weed.
Our neighbors have one in their yard, too, that they didn't plant. I guess whatever kind of tree it is, it grows well here. Or there was one in the area in the past, and its seeds are still viable. And for some reason, instead of yanking the one in our yard, we've let it keep going.
A weed, to you and me, is unwanted, unplanned. Something that's not in our overall scheme. If we give weeds any thought at all, it's how to prevent them. But every plant that exists, God created. He knows each of them, and He knows where they're going to grow. And He always has.
We try very hard, in lawns and in life, to prevent and eliminate the unexpected. But often we're so focused on controlling the world around us, that we're not appreciating what God has brought. We think only thing the things we've orchestrated should be part of the mix. But just because we didn't know it was coming, doesn't mean it shouldn't be part of our life.
Go with the flow.
Live and let live.
Bloom where you're planted.
And let a few things that you haven't planted, bloom, too.
~ "Be still,
and know that I am God" ~