A giant storm hit our town last week and knocked down one of the largest trees in our yard.
When we cut it down it was amazing to see the distinct pattern of concentric tree rings. A tree ring represents a layer of wood that is produced during one tree’s growing season. By counting the tree rings you can estimate the age of the tree. By my count the tree was 80 years old.
In looking at the tree rings I could not help but think about all the things that the tree had been through. From giant snow storms, windy days, hot summer days, and other challenges. Each ring told a story.
When you think about it our life is just like that. Each year we grow and become another year older. Our life expands and another ring is added.
With spring time approaching, also known as the growing season I think it’s a great time to ask the question…
If you were to draw a picture of tree rings that represented each year of your life what would it look like?
Have the roots of your spirituality grown deeper? Are your relationships stronger? Have you branched out and tried new things? Do you have big goals and dreams that reach the sky?
I know that in looking at the tree rings of my life I have a lot more to do. There are areas of my life that need improvement, experiences that will help me grow, and certain dreams that will take time and patience to achieve.