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Because it’s been such a strange weather season in the Sierra Foothills where I live, the plants have had a difficult time knowing when to come out, but the weeds don’t seem to have that trouble at all. They are everywhere.

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Around my little cottage, A.K.A. my little shoebox, is a large area that I have to weed whack twice a year. Once when everything starts growing in the spring, then once just before summer when everything has turned a golden brown.

Usually this isn’t an issue. I just do the front yard in one day, and the back yard the next. Then a few weeks later, I do it all again. But, this year, I look at the whole expanse that needs to be done, and it just makes me tired.

I realized this after I dropped my son off at school and pulled the truck in the back of the house. The weeds – that look a little like wheat quite frankly, so they’re not unattractive, just tall – where way taller than they should be. As I sat scanning the yard, looking at them and how tall they are, I realized that I had only done one quadrant of one days work about two weeks ago.

That’s about 1/8 of the acre that needs to be done. In short, not a lot.

It felt like a heavy weight slowly oozed through me as I sat there trying to figure out when I would be able to squeeze in the time to get out the weed whacker and actually tackle them. Then it sunk in that not only did I not have time for another two weeks, but, I was just too tired to do it.

Sometime that’s just what happens in our live isn’t it? We have a task that we know needs to be done, something we’ve done without an issue for years, when all of a sudden it’s just overwhelming. We realize for whatever reason, we just are too tired to tackle it. Then on top of that comes the sense we’ve got such a long way to go to get it done, that doing it seems like an impossibility.

We can get to that spot in a lot of different ways, maybe your workload has become heavier, or there’s been a change in your lifestyle, or your child is transitioning to another level of life, or your parents are. No matter what the change may be, when added to the current load of life, it all of a sudden becomes more than we can handle.

It’s kind of like the old story about the straw that broke the camels back.

But, as children of the Great I Am, we are not called to handle these things on our own. He makes all things possible as we look at Him, not at our current impossibility. He will make a way for us, we just need to trust Him to do it. And, He’ll help us with that too.

“I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?”

Jeremiah 32:27

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Tree

Image by Adnan Yahya via Flickr

 

Trees, what a wonderful part of God’s creation. Now, I’m normally not really a tree aficionado, I have a hard time distinguishing between an oak and a maple, but I do think they are amazing creations.

The fact that some of them are really quite spectacular to look at is only enhanced by the reality that they are an integral part of the oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange chain that allows those of us with oxygen grabbing lungs to, well, actually have something to grab onto.

Recently, I took a drive over the Carson Pass in Northern California. It, like many of the passes in the northern part of the state, is laden with a multitude of trees with some short and others so tall that you can’t see the tops of them from the ground, that stand along the ridges and slopes of the Sierra Nevada.

Because of the amount of rain we’ve gotten this year, the trees look a little bit more green and well watered even late in the season. But, even I, who isn’t a knowledgeable tree person, could see that the trees in the higher elevations were very different from their down the hill counterparts.

Lush green pine trees lined Silver and Caples lakes at an elevation level of over 7,000 feet above sea level, while down in the hotter regions of the foothills that run into the Central Valley, blackish scrub oak’s with their green leaves dominate the landscape, making it feel like you’ve somehow driven into regions of Africa when you take that trip.

A friend of mine, who is much more horticulturaly aware than I, always says, “you need to grow where you’re planted” a phrase I have often repeated to myself and my son at various times.

There is nothing that illustrates it more than driving down from a pass like Carson Pass and seeing so many pine trees and aspens into the foothills and Central Valley where the Valley Oak – able to get water that it 70 feet away from its main trunk – dominate the landscape.

Yet, no matter what the tree, or where it’s planted it, it still participates in that universal tree job as an oxygen factory. And, the same can be said of trees all over the world, no matter where they are, what they look like or what their other functions are, they all still participate in making this an oxygen rich world.

Sort of like us, no matter who we are, what we look like or where we’re planted, if we belong to Him we should be glorifying Him in and with all of our being.

“And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the LORD to glorify Him.”

Isaiah 61:3b

 

 

 

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