The Little Tree

posted Nov 2, 2018, 10:09 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Blessings of grace and peace to you!

It seems that autumn has officially arrived in New Jersey. Just like that, as if by magic, the trees have turned the resplendent colors of fall. This year seems more colorful, as the Japanese maple trees are a vibrant red compared to the dingy, silver-hued gray of the previous season. The maple tree out front and the one next to the garage are both bright yellow. Last year the leaves turned brown — no color — and became tall, bleak towers of twigs and branches.

The other day as I was looking around at all the majestic trees, some that have been alive for many years, one tree in particular caught my eye through the living room window. I didn’t notice it because of its grandness, but rather, because it was small, nestled in between other bushes and small pines. One might miss it in any other season, but not now, because oh my, what a striking color of red it is! I imagined this little tree saying, “I might be little, but I’m singing out my song of color! Yay for me!” 

Indeed. Its not the tallest tree in the forest, but its song was loud enough for me to hear, and to stop what I was doing to look, listen, and be amazed at its beauty.

One person said, “Gratitude may be the best measure of our spirituality. It demonstrates that we’ve been paying attention to the grace we received in Jesus Christ, who has restored God’s image in us.”

That little tree caused me to pause from some routine tasks and give thanks to God for the beauty of this season. I wonder, beloved, where do you find signs of God’s presence in your ordinary, hectic, and/or humdrum lives? What is a recent example of grace that has been extended to you, either by God or another person? Perhaps this presence of grace has been like a majestic maple, causing you to look up in wonder. Or maybe the grace has come like a small tree, hidden away, but whose colors shout of God’s miraculous creative works. Wherever we have witnessed God in our lives, we can trust that God is with us, and know that God also calls us to sing out our radiant colors of the abundant life we have in Christ.

In gratitude for the privilege of being your Pastor, and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish