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The snow crunched beneath my feet as I walked through our little corner of the world, which had been painted in grayscale by thick snowflakes and dense clouds. The trees all around me were heavy with these several inches of snow. The evergreens usually spread out their branches in regal splendor, many with upturned ends as though smiling. Now these same branches hung low, burdened with the weight of this storm. Suddenly some thin, wispy branches of another tree caught my eye. Not nearly as substantial as the evergreens, they were bearing the same bulky snow yet still maintained their uplifted stance. Small as they were, they bore the same load as the mighty evergreens.
Many times in my life I’ve felt like the evergreen tree–as though the weight of the storm were pressing me into the ground. Other times I’ve felt like the thin-branched tree–as though the precipitations of life were light and momentary troubles. Either way, it is only by God’s grace that I have in any way flourished in this life. No matter what sort of season I’m in, I can trust God to carry me through it. No matter how heavy the load, I can trust Him to hold me up through it. But honestly, there are so many times I don’t. I don’t always trust Him. But oh, how I want to…
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it,
And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.
(Psalm 52:8-9, NASB)