Tale of 2 trees
This is the view from my office window at church, its the same every year the first tree buds about a month before the second. The second one almost convinces me every year that it has died then suddenly it will spring to life and be as full of foliage as his pal. I wonder what makes the difference? they are probably different species but they look the same. At this stage I always think of psalm one
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
I want to be like the first tree, and this time of year is always a reminder and challenge to me about the choices that I make, will I allow accept Christ as Lord and let God's life flow through me or will I make selfish choices and stiffle all he wants to do in me by his grace? Even as a believer, I might know I am saved for eternity, but I must allow his grace to work its purpose within me in order to grow to maturity and good spiritual health, may God bless us all today.