Thursday, October 19, 2006

All Things

I have many favorite trees. Rocks, trees and water have always been very restorative to my spirit. In contemplating them, I find myself ministered to in very specific ways.

I've watched the progress of this little tree over the course of many years, and I had always felt sorry for it, for what it had to overcome to grow, for the fact that it had been bent by the presence of the huge boulder in its way, for the barren place on which it is growing, for all its obstacles.

It finally dawned on me that as this tree grows, it is going to push that boulder over! It is this little tree that is going to triumph! This reminds me of Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.


Semi-related comment: this boulder reminds me of La flèche de Zénon by René Magritte.

5 comments:

Dad said...

Hi Heidi, I am curious as to where you found that interesting tree growing around that huge boulder. I really enjoy reading your blogs.

Heidi said...

This tree is on the far side of Pinecrest Lake, near the inlet, on the opposite side of the inlet from the dam. It catches my attention every time I walk around the lake, so I finally went and shot up a roll of film on it.

David Meyer said...

Heidi, I not only love the picture, but your comments about this "poor little tree" are so right on! It makes me want to go back to Pinecrest Lake every year to check on the progress of Tree vs. Rock.

Very Cool!

David

PS - Yes, We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!

Cathy said...

Ok Heidi!

Now the very NEXT time I find myself in your 'neck of the woods' I want to visit this tree! This photo is so COOL that I just have to snap a few photos of my own!

Love you lady,

Cathy

Heidi said...

It will be my privilege to take you for that hike! What fun!