Christmas Trees, Saplings, and Stumps

christmastreecyclesmallWhen visiting a Christmas tree farm there were, of course, Christmas trees ready for the taking. But I couldn’t help noticing that there were also stumps from Christmases past. Then, too, there were saplings, tiny trees that were recently planted for Christmases yet to come. In one scene I saw converging the past, present, and future.

We never seem to be completely comfortable or at peace with the passing of time. We sometimes yearn for the “good ol’ days,” and then again we try to forget the painful past. We paint a rosy picture of the future, but then we also fear the future. As far as today goes we frequently overlook its possibilities because we’re so focused on the past or the future!

We can take great comfort and acquire the necessary coping skills when dealing with the passing of time by remembering that God is beyond time and that He never changes. When we seek to intentionally connect with Him on a daily basis He provides the necessary stability we need as we navigate between dealing with the past, present, and future. The Bible reminds us that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

It’s been said that the only thing that never changes is the fact that things are always changing. Everything does change, but we can put our faith in the One who never changes! He can be our rock!

So, I’m okay with the scene I observed at the Christmas tree farm with Christmas trees, Christmas tree stumps, and Christmas tree saplings all on display before me. When I think of those Christmas trees of the past, present, and future I’m reminded that the key letters in “Christmas tree” are the letters that spell Christ, the One whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. I find I can handle the changing times when I hold to the truth stated in Hebrews 13:9 in the Bible: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

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