But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God…II Corinthians 1:9b
The mature flowering plum-tree in our front yard, with its dark maroon leaves and divided kid-friendly trunk, stands in high contrast to the white Victorian picket fence and white-barked birch next door. Driving from either way down the street it is the way to spot our house. It’s a landmark. But it wasn’t always so.
Twenty-two years ago we picked out the rather long overgrown twig at Dorothy’s nursery in Carlotta. We planted it on a mound in the front of our newly constructed home and had to tether it to large wooden poles to keep it from blowing away or being damaged. On its own it was still fragile.
Months passed. The day came to remove the poles. The tree had grown to a place where it could stand on its own. and to keep the poles there would mean that the tree would not gain the internal strength it needed to stand against the wind and rain. For it to continue to mature, the supports needed to be taken away.
Sometimes in life our supports, either willingly or against our will, are taken away. It may because of a change in health, the loss of someone important in our inner circle, a move, a job change, or a variety of other life circumstance. We find that the people we leaned on for spiritual strength are no longer available in the same way they once were.
This is a time of decision.
Do we frantically try to find support replacements, or do we allow God to take away those “poles” so that we might fully lean on Him?
While Christianity is lived in community, there are some deep and shadowed passages of the soul that one can only walk with Jesus alone. In those times we either made daily decisions that will result in either cooling off spiritually or embracing Him more fully.
When we come to a place where God is all we have, we find that God is all we need.