It was sometime last night, when the wind was blowing hardest, that my wife suddenly woke up and said to me, “What was that noise?” In my sleep I had heard the crash too, but being tired I was more interested in rolling over and going back to sleep than playing investigator. Beth, however got up and checked the house over. Not finding anything amiss, she came back to bed.
This morning when I looked out our kitchen window I saw the source of the noise. One of our large trees had toppled and was now being held in the arms of the spruce tree next to it. Several hours later, I had it it down on the ground in pieces.
This event made Beth and I think of the times in life when storms come and we are toppled over. How wonderful it is to have arms to fall into at times like these.
In the midst of these times I thank God for a faithful spouse. I thank God for a loving family and caring friends and I thank God for a Christian community that seeks to be there for others.
Most importantly though, I give thanks to the God who knows what it feels to be fallen and broken. He knows the pain and brokenness of life because as Christ he lived our life and suffered and died that we might be forgiven, healed and reborn.
There will certainly be days when our branches are broken and other days when life seems to push us over. In the midst of these times I recall what Jesus promised:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-29
If you are broken today or leaning heavily I encourage you to find rest in Jesus. Trust him. He can and will bring you peace and new life.
Or if you see someone today who may be broken or leaning, perhaps Christ has put you in that person’s path so that you might be Christ’s supportive presence. Take time to allow others to find support and healing through you.
Spring is here in spite of winter debris and fallen trees. Likewise, Christ is risen and therefore, there is hope for all who would trust in him!