How is it that these trees bless my daily walk with their radiant beauty against the bright blue sky, their branches uplifted to the heavens as if in praise to the One who made us all?
Are they able to do so…
… because they once experienced the joy of thriving, as they grew and expanded in the warm summer sunshine, or the generosity of sharing, as their shade provided welcome relief for those who paused beneath?
… because they once experienced the freedom of surrender, as they gently released their colorful leaves to the chilly autumn breezes, or the humility of simplicity, as they bared their branches in preparation for the season to come?
… because they once experienced the strengthening through hardship, as they endured icy winds and frosty snows, or the patience of abiding, as they remained steadfast and strong against the blustery bitterness of winter?
… because they once experienced the deepening in trust, as they extended their seeking roots further into the soft ground, or the wisdom of anchoring, as they braced themselves for the stormy tempests of early spring?
Are these the very reasons
they are now able to return
in bright and beautiful splendor?
Have all the seasons of life- seasons that brought experiences of joy, growth, generosity, freedom, surrender, humility, simplicity, preparation, strengthening, hardship, endurance, patience, deepening, trust, anchoring and wisdom- actually enabled them to blossom and glorify their Creator in this fresh new way?
(photos by Karen 🙂 )