The Beauty of Bare Trees
Winter takes its toil upon all that is natural, including us. It is a time of cold and for the terrestrial barrenness and bareness. It has been a pressing issue in my heart to take an in depth look at the bareness of the trees during this segment of winter, and I found beauty in bare trees. Some empty and bare appear to be a silhouette of hands raised in an upward position as if they were worshipping God, if words could be added I imagine they would say, Lord, I am empty and bare but I know you will adorn me accordingly come Spring-time, but I praise you through my barrenness.
Sin also takes its toll on human beings as it also expels them from fellowship and a relationship with their Creator and God, because sin produces separation from God. The unsaved are likened to these bare trees, and the void and barrenness which the winter climates produces for trees, sin produces it own climates of evil for sinners. Now every time I see a bare tree, I am reminded of the unsaved, and their need for salvation; just like those bare trees need contrary weather so that passing from budding can bring forth their fruit in the right time of the season. There is a hope for every unsaved person, that at any second of the day, God through Jesus Christ can change their sinful condition to salvation and grant them the hope of eternal life. You will clearly see the potential for receiving Christ as Savior and Lord can happen any moment.
Observe the bare trees in a new way during the interval of winter turning to spring, it is a miraculous time how those trees can be bare one day when you see them the next day they are all full of leaves and silently shouting to us, Praise the Lord in their own terrestrial lingo. We have to have faith to believe the bare tree will in fact bear new leaves on the now bare branches. It takes faith to believe all things are possible with God, every day and in every way.
Jesus taught us that the wind blows where it listeth and we can hear the sound of the wind, but we cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. He goes on to explain that so is everyone born of the spirit. (Read John 3:8). So beloved, the next time that you see a bare tree, think of the great potential it has and next time you think about the unsaved pray for their potential to acknowledge, believe and receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
I am a walker, meaning, I walk a great deal. I do not drive and find myself walking most places within reason. In doing so, I behold so many wonders of God, in bloom and out of bloom. Recently, as winter came into fruition, my eyes were turned to the beauty of the bare trees. You may say, now what beauty is there in a bare tree? You would have to behold that for yourself, because beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The beauty is in their shape and poise, and the suggested anticipation of new growth as Spring emerges.
The terrestrial teaches a lesson in how to wait. As bare as that tree may be right now, give it a couple more months and then look at it again. You should marvel to see the bare tree emerge forth with splendor again. Some of them look as though they are in a praying position with branch limbs cupped upward as though in prayer, with buds on the tips, declaring the waiting for their next season of bloom.
This look at bare trees is teaching me how to see others. Instead of seeing potential bareness that may or can be evident, to look at their potential in Christ Jesus. To see those buds of good character, and the worth that is resident in them, because of Christ in them the hope of glory. Look for the buds and realize the potential that is in others. What if we beheld the buds of bare trees without the hope in God that those buds will bring forth new leaves and that Spring would arrive? He created the trees and the bareness is a part of the process for new growth. We should look for the beauty in each other. Bareness is a temporary condition, it doesn't have eternity written therein.
I learn from nature. This bareness seems so applicable to a spiritual season of barrenness in which it appears that nothing is growing, but if you look intently at a barren tree, you will see its potential is in its new buds, and that ultimately it will be fruitful, and you can be encouraged to wait on God for the next season in your life as well. The past keeps us focused on what to expect in the future. It is almost unseen by the natural eye, but a close look will rule that out. Who looks at barren trees?
The barren tree will and can be adorned in time, the barren heart and soul can be filled, which speaks of potential. Another discovery concerning bare trees is that each tree buds diversely and differently. One tree may produce buds before others, we don't say why is that tree's buds more than the others. Nope, we wait for them to do their own terrestrial thing. Just as we should be patient for the harvest and potential in others. God has it all under control, and remember where you see and perceive there is lack, it could be a call for you and me to pray and intercede for others and speak God's Word over them. Heart is the word earth scrambled. We are positioned in the earth and our hearts are always longing for more. More of God to fill the bare and empty spaces in us and others.
Bare trees offer a lesson in resilience. Snow, sleet, rain, fidget cold and every other type of inclement change, the bare tree still stands. All that we know about seasons and the impact upon nature, should serve to assist us in our own times of barrenness.
- Seasons are Subject to Change
Everything must change, nothing stays the same, everyone must change, nothing and no one goes unchanged.
The fruit of the Spirit helps us to qualify that the barrenness we endure can be dwarfed by operating our new value system to acquire and incorporate these treasures. These fruit comprise God’s value system, informing us how to be pleasing to Him. They are ordained by Jesus Christ for prosperous and abundant living. Barrenness can be a profitable teacher, when we hope to see the budding of new character as it blooms towards righteousness and conforms us into the image of God.
The wilderness is barrenness, it is an empty and barren uninhabited place. We were once a type of bare tree, nothing was growing but sinfulness because of the environment of the wilderness we lived in, because sin produces barrenness. The empty and barren uninhabited place within us was once a wilderness and desolate place, it has now become the residence of the Almighty God. He has begun His holy work in us through the Holy Spirit, this process we call sanctification.
There is placed in us a incorruptible seed, pure and genuine, for the purpose of reproducing in us the same qualities of God which are conforming us into His image and likeness. By wilderness, I mean the void place our hearts were before God took up residency there, it was uninhabited because if God does not dwell there; it is indeed a very empty place.
The unsaved are like bare trees, but they have potential to come into the knowledge of the truth about Jesus Christ and be saved at any moment.
When the Spirit of God and the Word of God informs us, and gives us the information we need not to be barren, we flourish with new expectation and hope that leads to faith unfeigned and sincere. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are all characteristics we need to be healthy in spirit, soul and body, holistically are they applicable to and for us.
The fruits of the Spirit are founded upon Christ. The core value of our lives being righteousness. Righteousness is what makes every value thrive. The right to choose is experiential in that it only entails choosing what is right according to God, and the righteousness of Christ. We have the option to choose biblical values or not, we always have a choice, but the right to choose can only be found in choosing what is right. In this case scenario, to choose the biblical system of character which the Word and Spirit of God counsels as well as inspires, would be wisdom, using what we know accurately. In doing so we are complying with the right to choose what is right. The right approach and attitude and can help define the season you are in. Are you bearing the fruits of the Spirit? If not then you may be a bare tree needing what is necessary to bud and bloom in the spirit.
In John 15, Jesus said, I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
In the looking at bare trees, the hopeful aspect is that all the leaves fall in Autumn, as a type of cleansing for new growth come Spring and the expectation to see new leaves as the buds opens is truly something to look forward to. Most assert, I cannot wait until Spring, and the weather changes. Yet the operation of all that must take place prior to Spring is ignored. This probe at bare trees is assisting me in understanding how to appreciate the coming manifestations and fruitfulness of Spring.
Hopefully, it is not ignored spiritually speaking. We want the exponential growth but are we willing to comprehend all that is needed to witness it coming to pass. The lesson these bare trees communicated by their branches which reach upward as in a position of prayer and praise, is just that prayer and praise and growth are inevitable. The beauty of bareness is the hope and expectation of growth. It means seeing potential when there is none evident. It is a faith thing to see a barren tree and realize that in due time it will be fruitful. This is how we are to see each other and know that to see barrenness or bareness in others you must supersede it to see potential.
The bare trees are likened to what one would find in the wilderness. By wilderness, I mean the uninhabited place our hearts were before God took up residency there, uninhabited because if God doesn't dwell there, it is an empty place indeed in terms of life. The barrenness of trees typify emptiness. The Scripture tell us that the heart can deceive us, and that it is deceitful above all things and who can know it. Only God the heart knower. The shocker is you can never judge potential by bareness.
Bareness is Gone
There is a spirit in a man and woman and the inspiration of the Almighty gives him understanding. When the Spirit of God is poured out upon us and we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, our spirits are saturated and immersed with the holiness of the Father, which descends from on high where there is absolute abundance.
The bare tree demonstrate to us a condition, emptiness; nothing is growing because of the change of season to winter, prior to winter, autumn took its toll as well and all the leaves fell to the ground. Winter is just that way, it is a very barren time of year. Have you ever wondered how did winter get into the seasonal equation? Winter is a season of waiting, it inculcates wait. There is however a hope we all have that by spring the buds will blossom and bring forth fruit and new life. Wouldn't is be great to have this same hope all the time for the events of the spirit that are similar to winter. I wrote another hub on spiritual seasons. However it is through writing this one that I've made an observation, that winter is the time of waiting.
The trials we go through, we have the blessed assurance and hope that things will work out for good, just like hoping to see the newness spring will bring.
Barrenness is just a condition, it is not a principle we should embrace. We should be aware of it to know what fruitfulness entails. The empty and uninhabited place which was once a wilderness and desolate place becomes the residence of the Almighty God who takes up abode within us and upon receiving Him, He begins His holy work in our lives. The process of renewing our minds we call transformation, we are destined to change, just like those bare trees into the beauty of the King.
We have living in us the incorruptible seed, pure and genuine for the purpose of reproducing in us the same essence, incorruption! Conforming us into the Imago Dei (the image and likeness of God). Corruption is a type of barrenness, it makes our lives bare, just like those trees. We are admonished to flee malice, and corruption. The incorruptible seed cancels corruption so that we can bear much fruit. Our lives need the sinlessness of Jesus Christ; we need it to hope beyond a bare tree and to be as He is eternally sinless. We are waiting just as the bare tree for this mortality, to put on immortality. Nevertheless, we occupy until He returns.