My husband and I went walking yesterday. The weather is lovely. We had much to discuss. On Monday, after 27 years working in upper management for the same company and at the age of 59, he was let go. We are tempted to think of ourselves as old and unable to recover from a too early retirement. We know we are facing a significant challenge in a very economically depressed world. As we walked and talked we came upon this beautiful tree and snapped a picture with the iphone.
The branches and trunk of this old cedar tree bore the marks of so much adaptation to it's environment. We imagined how it might have looked as a sapling and wondered what wind and rain and sun had made it twist and turn upwards towards survival through all the years of it's growth. Then, not knowing what truth there was to our imaginings, we just stood back and admired the complexity of it's aged beauty and thanked God for it's endurance and ministry to us on this day.
The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in the house of the LORD;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the LORD is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Psalm 92: 12-15