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Beautiful Support

I know this is going to sound odd to some people, but I see a unique beauty in the naked trees of winter. Many would describe them with words like stark, drab, or depressing. I, on the other hand, think they have a beauty all their own when winter strips them of their leafy glory.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the leafy glory of trees as much as the next gal. Watching trees bud out and turn green in the spring holds a special excitement for everyone I think. Summer then brings lush, full trees to pleasantly fill our landscapes before autumn arrives and sets them ablaze with color. I delight in each of these seasons and the changes they bring to trees.

I just happen to think trees are beautiful in winter as well. Some might think it’s like looking at skeletons or something, but I see what looks like arms and fingers reaching for and pointing to God. I love looking out and seeing the intricacies of the branches. Winter allows us a view of the support system of the leaf laden trees we enjoy the rest of the year. Without the drab looking branches, there could be no beautiful leaves.

When I see winter trees I’m reminded of other support systems in our lives. Just think about our bodies and all that’s working together beneath the surface to keep us up and running. The same can be said for just about every company, group, or organization you can think of.

Consider the church. Many programs and people are highly visible, but there are just as many or more that are serving behind the scenes. And it’s the behind-the-scene-type activity that makes it possible for the more visible ministries to take place. Everyone needs to do their part to keep things running smoothly — and more than that, to enable growth.

What role are you filling in your church (or life in general)? Are you a part of the highly visible, leafy-glory category, or is your role a part of the vital support system that’s needed? Maybe a little of both? Just keep in mind that neither is better. Both are needed and valued. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)

Now go out and take another look at the winter trees. Beautiful, huh?

*Flickr photo by Oakley Originals, Creative Commons License

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