As I was walking about the house during prayer time recently, I stopped at the door to the Library/Classroom. (I love to pray in this room and ask to touch our interns and teachers as they delve into the Word of God each day.) This day I opened the blinds on the door while praying. I prayed for God to send women who are broken and hopeless. I know God will direct their path. From this particular window, I have full view of a Pin Oak tree in the front yard of House of Destiny. This tree is a pitiful sight to see. Broken limbs from hurricane Ike are in plain sight. Most of the leaves have detached themselves from the tree. A few roots are exposed and lying on top of the ground. Another thing I noticed concerning this tree, was big clumps of mistletoe. Life-sucking mistletoe. Winter was upon it and nothing could stop the process of the onslaught. Killer mistletoe...and WINTER!
This got me to thinking about things that appear lifeless, and the things that steal life from something that was once full of creative life. Have you ever thought about the way winter expresses itself. Due to our experiences in life, we easily identify lots of its characteristics - leafless trees, lack of fruit, overcast skies, cold temperatures, and dreariness. The repeating patterns of winter helps us distinguish it from the other seasons. Each winter is not exactly the same but similar enough to help us identify the season.
At times I’ve noticed squirrels scamper up the tree trunk, and out onto the limbs of our Pin Oak tree. I’ve observed birds taking moments to rest in the boughs of the upper branches. Through my observations, nothing wants to stay in the tree. It has nothing to offer but moments of solitude. It’s in its WINTER season.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that trees...right now, in the season of winter, are really being the most productive. They have “shucked” the heaviness of lackluster leaves, and is in preparation mode for its new season. A season of apparent productivity. A season of winter is necessary for the tree to reach deep into the recesses of the earth (which embodies its roots) and find the nourishment necessary for growth. Tree roots anchor the tree in the soil, keeping it straight and stable; they absorb water from the soil. Tree roots also take nutrients and chemicals out of the soil and use them to produce what they need for the tree’s growth, development, and repair. Soon, it will be a new season and everything it’s done in the winter season will be evident in the spring and summer.