Thursday, February 16, 2006 1:45 p.m.
I was driving home after my school bus route and noticed a tree growing too close to the road. Because it was so close to the road it had been hit by cars several times and was all beat up. It was missing bark which caused large holes, but in the course of time these holes stated to grow over. I started to think how trees are like people. Some are planted in spacious areas where they get all the sun and rain needed to grow straight and tall. Others are planted in crowded cities overshadowed by tall buildings. And some are planted too close to the road where they get battered and abused. Yet, like this tree, they still grow healing their battered wounds. Then I started thinking, if this had been an apple tree it would still have bore fruit every spring regardless of all its battering and abuse; and, the apples would still be sweet. Jesus says, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11-12). No matter how battered or abused we are our apples should still be sweet.
Thought for Today: “Grow where you are planted.”