As I was visiting family in North Dakota, I decided to take a walk on a beautiful crisp blue sky day.
The crispness in the air mixes with the oxygen I breathe and my brain seems to function in a heightened sense of awareness.
And thus it was that I happened to come upon ~ the short birch tree.
I had never seen a short one before. With its large branches so close to the ground I wondered why it was so different than others. And then it hit me ~ pruning.
This birch tree had been pruned and it could still stand straight as others but its majestic~ness would be able to be seen from those on the ground. A much closer look reveals horizontal markings on the tree. Every flaw is open for inspection and/or observation.
I found it to be a reflection of our humanness.
“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:2