This isn’t a great photo. I was trying to traipse across a neighbors yard as little as possible.
Based on my title, perhaps you’re thinking “If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” A bit of philosophy on observation and perception.
Or maybe you observed as I did…
If this tree had deeper roots it wouldn’t have blown over in the storm. It would have been like a tree planted by the water that sends out it’s roots by the stream. A bit of Biblical wisdom on how trusting and having confidence in God produces strong faith which inturn keeps the believer upright—in two senses: we will produce good spiritual fruit and we won’t fear or worry in a year of drought. God will sustain us through difficult times as we trust Him.
However, I’ve looked at trees from this angle before. Time for a different perspective.
Here we go. This photo is better. “Oh how the mighty have fallen….” Once glorious, Once beautiful. But everything has it’s time and it’s season.
Did you know that this phrase originates from the Bible? I didn’t realize this myself. According to Wikipedia the earliest version is found in the Great Bible 1539: Oh howe are the myghtie ouerthrowen.”
The more modern phrase “fallen” was used in the King James Version (1611). It was part of King David’s lament over Saul and Jonathan’s death. “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!
Such is life. Everything falls (or dies) but God’s message stands (or endures) forever. It can be seen in everything He’s created ( Romans 1:20 ) and read about through Holy Scripture.
“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”Isaiah 40:8
If we look a little closer there’s another angle. A while back I came across a verse that stuck with me because I wanted a deeper understanding of what it truly means.
Taken out of context, verse may sound one way, but can actually mean a very different thing.
Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.2 Timothy 2:15 (Amplified Bible)
I’m going to go out on a limb here. Sorry, it had to be said. A fallen tree can be observed and perceived in this way as well:
If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.Ecclesiastes 11:3 (ESV)
If this verse is lost on you, don’t worry. It was lost on me too. The meaning? Wait for it….
“Unforeseen events come from God; and the man who is always gazing on the uncertain future will neither begin nor complete any useful work: but do thou bear in mind that times and circumstances, the powers of nature and the results to which they minister, are in the hand of God; and be both diligent and trustful.”Barnes Notes on the Bible
In other words where our gaze falls is important. Will we focus too long on our problems and do nothing? Or put our faith in God and get a move on? Sometimes taking root can be detrimental to our future.