You see, some of the trees had shot straight up and created a canopy over the forest floor making it hard for sunlight to reach below. And what is one thing a tree needs to grow? Light. So instead of staying in the dark, the new trees bent until they found the sunlight. Then when that sunlight was cut-off and the tree found itself in darkness again? Well it took another turn--sometimes in the completely opposite direction--so that it could find the light again. What an amazing phenomenon. After years of growth these trees didn't have a straight trunk, no, their trunks spoke of the story of how it bent, dipped, and swayed to remove itself from darkness and return to the light. That tree made seeking and remaining in the light at all costs its main goal, because it knew without that light, it wouldn't thrive. Of course it made me think of our walk with God:)
|I never took a picture that day! This is the closet |
I could find online to a picture of phototropism:)
Friends, our walk with God is never a linear path. Life happens. Darkness presses in at times. And we have a choice; do we adjust to remain in God's light, or do we continue in the dark? God is always there. He's always beckoning us and ready to engulf us with his love and light, but there are times where we have to change the direction we wanted so that we can follow the path he's calling us to grow along.
Bend. Dip. Sway.
And never stop seeking him.
What a beautiful word picture! I know exactly what trees you're talking about, and boy, do I feel like them sometimes. Thanks for the reminder that even though I feel twisted and "ugly" that I'm still seeking. And THAT is the point.ReplyDelete
:) Yes! I've bet you've seen them. I wish I'd captured them on film. And yes, that IS exactly the point, Janyre. So glad you stopped by today, friend:)Delete
This post was so encouraging, Susan! Thank you for your perspective.ReplyDelete