Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Forsythia Bushes and Robins
My mind's eye envisioned newborn horses and cows and other animals as they stumble around, trying to support their weight so quickly after being born and then I translated that image into a small, weak sapling being blown every which way in the wind.
2. Stakes should not be too tight - there should be room for the tree to sway in the wind. The tree needs to maintain its flexibility so as not to snap in the wind.
3. Stakes should not be too loose - the tree should not rub against the stakes. Wearing off the bark in this manner allows dis-ease to occur and more concentrated care will need to be given in order to keep the tree thriving.
4. Stakes should be buried deep enough underground themselves so as to provide ample support.
Now all you have to do is remember that it takes time for newly planted trees to adjust to their new surroundings. They must be supported, watered, fertilized and tended to as needed. Each individual tree will vary as to the care and attention necessary to grow into a thriving, stable tree.
Well, after reading that information, I couldn't help but think how grateful I am that my Heavenly Father knew all this before I was a struggling sapling - heck, before I was even a seed. I'm so glad He put us in families for support - not too tight, not too loose - to help us gain strength for ourselves each time we find ourselves re-transplanted. I've sure found myself transplanted in areas I wasn't planning on when I was a little twig but Heavenly Father has never left me without what I needed to grow. He's put resources close by for watering, fertilization and, of couse, the Son's Light is always there to warm me up. My family is my life and I don't know what I would have done without their support. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly and easily we seem to trade places - sometimes I'm the tree and other times I'm a supporting stake. I certainly hope I'm planted deep enough to provide ample strength and stability to anyone who needs it at the time.
Maybe I'll get a forsythia bush and maybe I won't but I am content knowing I'm surrounded by the most beautifully diversified orchard I could ever hope for.