Once again I went on my deck today. I looked out at the trees when my eye caught the tree that was uprooted. I remember that it fell during the hurricane last year. Even though the tree wasn’t standing, it didn’t touch the ground either. It’s caught on a smaller tree that is still standing. Beside it there were two trees that have also fallen due to the hurricane. Because it is held at such a strange angel, you could see its roots above ground. When the roots were uplifted, it took a huge chunk of dirt with it. Dead leaves have fallen off of the remaining trees and covered the dead tree. It almost seems fitting that a dead tree would be surrounded by dead leaves.
Looking at the tree, I felt relieved. Relieved because of the direction that it fell. The tree could’ve very well fell on the house, but instead it fell away from the house. If it had fallen on the house, all of our belongings would’ve been destroyed in a second. All that was broken were branches and leaves – things that could grow back. Remembering the swaying trees that stood firm and tall no matter how hard the wind blew, I pitied the tree. Because while the other trees stood tall, this one was laying on the ground.
When we do not have firm roots, we will get blown over. We become like the foolish man in Luke 6:49 who builds his house on the sand, and the waves come and wash it away. If we do not plant our roots in God’s Word, we will no be able to withstand the trials of the wind. We will become dead in our sins. And like this tree was eventually covered with dead leaves, so too we will be covered with the sins and regrets of our lives. However, unlike the tree we still have hope. If we ever find ourselves dead and lying on the ground, we can always count on God to pick us back up. It’s not hard to spot a fallen tree in a forest. In the same way God sees those who have fallen amongst those who are standing tall. He cares for the fallen and helps them get back on their feet with their roots deeply strengthened in His Word, so that the next time the wind blows, they will not fall.