Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Consent to be Moved

Trees can be moved. It is not a process that I would want to be in on, but these majestic homes for birds can literally be dug up and moved to another location. While it is proven that relocating a two-to-three-year-old tree can add so much to the value of any piece of property, the toll it takes upon them is often overlooked.

In order to give the tree a chance to survive the shock of moving it out of its normal surroundings, the movers have to be so careful that the roots are not harmed in any way. Some trees survive - yet others can't take the trauma that the change has brought to their setting. It all depends on whether the roots are willing to adapt to their new surroundings (deep beneath the surface) or not. 

Forest Hill, MD
All we can see of the trees are what is above the surface. When one is moved, soon after, we begin to see evidence of the shock that was thrown into its system. The tree will go through many stages before it is known whether or not it is going to survive the process.

A recent acquaintance reminded me of a statement just last week when he said, "sometimes we have to just grow where we are planted."
We humans resist change most of the time. Some of our roots are so deep that we go around living out the old song that says, 'I shall not be, I shall not be moved.' And Christ has all His tools out ready to shake your world out of lethargy by moving you somewhere 'new' in Him.

What does it cost you though?
Your outside might get a little ugly.
The sick feeling of uncertainty might take such a hold that you wonder if you are even going to survive the journey.
A new environment will cause you to have to dig deep within to see what you are really made of.

Wouldn't it just be easier to stay where you are? To not have to endure the pain of the new place that God wants to plant you? Sure it would. But the value that you could have added to that special piece of 'property' will sit empty and unaffected because you decided...
"I'm not moving."

"We are left in awe by the nobility of the tree.
* Its eternal patience
* Its suffering caused by man and sometimes nature
* Its witness to thousands of years of earth’s history
* Its creations of fabulous beauty.
It does nothing but good. With its prodigious ability to serve, it gives off its bounty of oxygen while absorbing gases harmful to other living things. The tree and its pith live on. Its fruits feed us. Its branches shade and protect us. And finally, when time and weather brings it down, its body offers timber for our houses and boards for our furniture. The tree lives on".
                          -George Nakashima (reknowned woodworker)

The great ones that live on among us were willing to pay whatever price it meant so that future generations of Christ followers would not be afraid to take GIANT leaps of faith for His sake. They proved it by giving all until it hurt.

Forest Hill, MD
Grow? Yes.
Let your foundation be secure? Absolutely.
But God help us never to secure our roots so deep in 'our' place that God can't take us to His. 

If He chooses to mess up your root system and move you around to unfamiliar territory...then, Grow Where You're Planted. You might just be adding ten times the value to a world around you.    

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