Friday, January 24, 2020
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
Sequestered in an enclave of forest splendor, the last thing my husband, Danny, and I ever wish to do is to remove a tree from our yard. But after an errant lightning bolt strikes a stately pine tree last summer, taking the brutal brunt for all the other trees nearby, we know we have no choice but to have it removed as a matter of practicality and safety.
But the imagined cost of the project causes us to delay.
Until . . .
A wild and vicious winter storm is predicted to hit us in a few days. His pragmatic mind in full gear, Danny calls our trusted tree service; fortunately, the company can come out the very next day! The cost is far more reasonable than we calculated, and these Johnny-on-the-spot experts not only dismantle the looming nemesis of the dead pine, but also eradicate some other limbs threatening our roof.
So, bring on the tornado threatening winds! We are ready!
And yes, obviously, we survive the maelstrom, thanks be to God!
Had that one pine been allowed to stand? It could have spelled disaster. As the owner of the tree service explains to Danny, having a dead tree on our property, without us doing anything to ameliorate the situation, would make us liable, not our insurance company, for any damage its fallen trunk could cause.
Yes, I am so sad that we had to let this noble tree go, the one that laid down its life for its friends. (John 15:13)
The one upon whom a neighboring sweet gum wrapped a trusting root around. A tree we will have to keep a close eye on come spring because of its close proximity to the fallen giant.
And I am reminded of this - the voice of the Lord, booming in the lightning strike, can break the cedars and pines.
But He always knows what He's doing.
We cannot know, as the pine did not, what day will be our last.
Yet, we can ever hold fast to God's power and promise, that as believers in Christ, we will inherit eternal life.
A life that will never end, and a life that will be honored greatly if we are willing to take the fall, as that stalwart pine did, for our brothers and sisters in the faith.
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