With the cold October winds, the trees I see when I look out the window this morning are stripped of all of their leaves. I will not see them again until late April or early May.
The tree in this picture is on the west side of my house and this was taken early this morning. What should be in darkness, is not. Why? Because the sun is positioned in such a way that the sunbeam falls between my house and my neighbor's house illuminating this tree while everything else around it is in shaodws.
I love watching the sun transform this tree into a tree of light every morning when the sun rises. It doesn't matter what time of the year it is. If the morning sun is not obscured by clouds, I see a blaze of light in the midst of the darkness.
For six months or so, this tree will appear to be dead. Appearances can be very deceiving. This tree is very much alive. It is preparing itself for the long and brutal Minnesota winter where temperatures can plunge to -20F... or more. At the right time, leaves will burst forth once again.
There are times in my life when I feel and may even "look" like this barren tree. "Winter" may be upon me and I shudder and sway under the brutal winds. If I am rooted and grounded in Christ, the arctic winds can blow all they want but I cannot fall. During those dark and stormy times, if I am in "position" with God, His glorious light will shine upon me causing me to be transformed into a light which shines out into the darkness which surrounds me.
I am reminded of these things:
We must never forget these things.
[quote]I am reminded of these things:
The winters in life will not last forever.
When we are in the right position with God, His light transforms us from something ugly and dead-looking into something of glorious light.
That light in turn shines on that which is around it.
The darkness and cold cannot overpower the light.[/quote]
Wonderful thoughts as again you take the simple things of life and bring out great nuggets of truth - thank you.