The last couple of days I’ve been thinking about trees. On the way to work I love to watch the sunrise through the branches of the trees. It’s absolutely beautiful! The more I thought about those trees, the more I realized that it was the twisted, gnarly branches that give them their beauty. I was particularly drawn to the trees that were made unique with extra twists and bends. In the winter you can clearly see every detail, even the parts that others might consider imperfect. There is beauty to be found in the trees of winter, as those gnarly branches withstand the cold and storms.
But there is also hope in the knowledge that the trees will bud again and bring new life. In the spring, when the trees are in full bloom, people won’t be able to see that those twisted and gnarly branches are the things that actually give the leaves and blooms their beautiful form. Those who look on those trees, robust in their foliage, won’t remember or realize what lies beneath unless they take the time to look deeply. They will just glory in the beauty before them.
I’m looking forward to the spring.