Growth

Growth Rings: The Circles of Life

It was dead and dangerous, just waiting to fall. When? No one knew, but stormy days were extra scary. Would it fall today? 

Instead of waiting for the loud thud to come one night, a saw and two men took charge of the day it was to fall. As one man sawed, another man pulled, and in slow motion, the tree collapsed upon itself, rotten and dead inside. The stump revealed it’s years of growth, ring after ring.  The bark on the outside hid what was on the inside...living had stopped a long time ago.  

The core of the tree is called heartwood. “It is the central supporting pillar of the tree. Although dead, it will not decay or lose strength while the outer layers are intact... it is in many ways as strong as steel.” Arbor Day Foundation 

That sentence says it all...

Our human hearts are our core, strong as steel.

 When you study the rings, you learn so much.  Some years were drought years, some years were plenty.

Same for me, and probably you. 

The circles of life are revealed in the growth rings, year by year.  Many things affect a tree’s growth, and we are not any different. The thickness of each tree ring is different, depending on the year. Some year’s the tree experiences a trauma, and it will compensate and grow a callous layer to protect it.  We do the same thing...we harden ourselves, and grow a layer of bark that protects us from more pain.

How has your year been? Painful? Joyful? Plenty? Drought? 

Each of us experience things that mark us for life. If you were to take a cross section today of your life, what would it look like? 

Are you still living? 

Have you died inside, and no one knows it? 

God knows it, and He is allowing you to form a callous so you can keep growing.  He doesn’t want you to stop growing, even though you have been hurt. Just like the tree’s Heart...you are as strong as steel. 

You may not feel strong, in fact the next storm could send you crashing to the ground, but deep inside you is the pipeline of faith that gives you strength to keep going. A tree’s pipeline provides nutrients to grow new leaves.

Faith is nutrition for your soul. 

Are you lacking the proper nutrients? If a tree does not eat correctly, it will not grow strong. Neither will you. 

Jeremiah 17: 7-8 NIV “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence (Faith) is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out it’s roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

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What will next year’s growth ring in your life look like? 

You can live abundantly with no fear of drought by trusting in God’s plan for you. He will be with you if you allow him to be your Pipeline of Food and Faith. No fear of the future is His gift to you when you put your roots in Him.   

Ephesians 3:17 NLT “ Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.  Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” 

Strong Roots grow Strong Fruit.  Let’s grow strong together next year!  

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