Uprooted and Replanted

Recently a tree in our front yard was removed. It had become top-heavy and leaning over. The roots were beginning to rip through the ground. Although it had served as a shade cover and been the home for many bird nests the tree needed to go.

There are times a tree needs to be uprooted. It has either served its purpose or there is a new place for it to be replanted and flourish.

Naturally, opposition comes from those who disagree. From their vantage point they consider only the outward appearance but not what is happening inside or underground.

Once the tree was removed our yard seemed empty and the ground remained concaved for months thereafter. Roots were visible and eventually died off ever so S – L – O – W – L – Y. Without any forethought we left the sprinkler which watered the tree in its location.  It continued to nurture and provide growth for things around it.

This story came to mind as I pondered my 22+ years working at Desert Chapel. Although I knew it was time for me to go and I had served my purpose, my roots had grown very deep.  It was painful to leave. My comfortable little world had been overturned, uprooted and displaced. Yet, I had to be obedient when the Lord said, “Move.”

Four years later although no visible hole is seen, my heart is still tender. I am grateful of the relationships sown and the experience of getting to serve with others. I worked alongside a tremendously talented group of people from the teachers, pastors, parents, coaches, and volunteers.

Isaiah 61:3 declares, “That they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

Yes, although many have moved on, it is comforting to know  without any shame that we are the planting of the Lord hence sometimes He uproots us that we may glorify Him in a different place.

Thankful, after four long years to be replanted in my different place…