New Trees and Dead Wood

My husband went to a sale yesterday. I thought it was a farm machinery sale but it turned out to be a consignment auction for pretty much anything and everything. When he drove on the yard and walked through the door the first words he spoke were, “I bought something you will like!”

That really made me curious because I could see the parts of a cultivator on the back of the pickup and I was pretty sure that had never been on my list of “wants. He then dropped the checkbook, ticket stubs and some other stuff on the table and headed back outside.

I couldn’t take it; and curiosity got the best of me so I wandered outside onto the porch. It didn’t take long and, with a huge grin, he hauled out 5 pots of baby Colorado Blue Spruce trees!

To be honest, I was excited! For the last years I have been nagging asking for some more evergreen trees so we could plant another row in our back yard. When I would nag ask for those trees I would typically get the response, “We aren’t that young anymore….we will not see them as big trees.” To which I answered, “Well we AREN”T getting any younger so we should plant some now!”

At this point those baby trees are safely in our garage, waiting for us to make up our minds as to exactly where they should be planted. There is a permanency about planting trees. You have to think ahead to the future and try visualize how big they will get, how much space they are going to take and to stay away from the power lines!

Maybe that permanency is what I like about planting trees. Maybe the fact that you need to have patience, intrigues me? I love thinking ahead to leaving something for the next family that will live here. I also know the reality, that at some point those trees will get old and die, as all things do.

When that happens, I sincerely hope that whoever lives here will let a few of them stand, for the birds and wildlife that need some dead trees. In looking at my little trees, hanging out in the garage tonight, I started thinking about them someday being dead wood.

At first thought, dead wood seems like it would be worthless as it is dead. It always seems like something that is lush, green and growing would have infinitely more value. I started considering that there are beautiful pieces of wooden furniture made from dead wood. I thought about the beautiful carvings made from blocks of dead wood and all those homes made from trees that have become dead wood.

Then my thoughts wandered to today….Good Friday. I thought of that cross that held Jesus as He willingly gave His life so we could have eternal life. The cross, that was at face value an ugly piece of dead wood.

When looking beyond that face value and realizing what happened on that piece of dead wood, I am struck by the fact of the holiness of those pieces of dead wood. They  held the Son of God…..who died for us while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:8)

If this Good Friday finds you feeling less than worthless….if it finds you thinking that you have no value…if it finds you frustrated and overwhelmed…Do Not Fear! You, like dead wood, have beauty. You have value and you are so worthwhile that the Son of God willingly gave His life for you!

May you be blessed this weekend and may you rejoice in the fact of your great worth. May you look at the promise in the trees that grow around you and know that even when those trees have gone the way of all trees…..there is still a beauty to be found in them……and in you.

God proved His love on the Cross.
When Christ hung, and bled, and died,
it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’
Billy Graham
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“We live to die
We die to live”
Ruth Fondse

32 thoughts on “New Trees and Dead Wood

  1. susieshy45 says:

    I am a Christian and believe that the Lord Jesus died on the cross. Since I know you to be a knowledgeable woman in Bible matters, could you please explain to me why everyone says Jesus died for our sins ? How can the death of one man 2000 years or more ago, compensate for our sins ? May preachers say- he died so we could live. I have lived with these doubts for years and have wanted to ask people who know the answers. I hope you are not irritated with these questions.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Susie I am so glad you are my sister in the faith and no your questions would never irritate me.
      You are a seeker and it is good to ask questions and look for those answers.
      The death of Christ 2000 years ago atones for our sins because He was so much more than just a man……He was also the Son of God and He was perfect. Before He died and rose again, lambs and animals were used as sacrifices to atone for sins but they were imperfect sacrifices and could not atone once and for all. Christ being born a man, dying willingly on the cross because of His love for us and then rising from the dead…broke the bonds of sin that kept us from eternal life with God.
      Once He went back to heaven, the Spirit was sent (Pentacost). Jesus’ death atones for our sins because He was perfect, He was God’s beloved Son.
      This doesn’t mean we are now without sin… means we have free will to choose to believe, follow Christ and daily offer up our shortcomings and our lives to Him in gratitude for what He has done for us and what He has saved us from.
      I am not sure if my explanation makes sense. If not, ask some more questions please and I will get hold of someone who can explain it clearer than I can!

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      • susieshy45 says:

        Thank you Faye. Thank you for being my sister in Christ. It makes sense that we are not without sin now and that we have the free will to believe.
        Will there ever be a situation when man will not sin even once a day ?
        Can we consciously prevent sinning ?
        From the time of Adam till the time of Christ, there must have been about 4000 years or more ?
        Sin came to the world through Adam and Eve. Then when did the practice of atonement of sins start ?
        When did animal sacrifices start ? Who told people that animal blood could pay for human sins ?
        And another question, after the Great Flood, when the world was like created anew and there probably was very little sin in the world, why did Christ not come at that time ? Why did he wait till the time of the Roman rule to come to earth and save man ?
        I am not asking these questions to defy the faith- I believe that unless one asks one will not find answers. I would love to hear what you believe.
        PS : Anne sent me a message after she read my question and she explained further on what you elaborated in your message.
        Thank you again and have a blessed Easter.

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        Hello Susie. I am sorry it is taking so long to get back to you on your questions. I am not ignoring them…I am pondering them. You have no idea how good you are for me! You make me think about these things in a deeper way than I have for a long time. Let me think a bit linger as life has been extremely busy and I have been fighting bronchitis the last few weeks.

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  2. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    What a beautiful post, Chicken. The trees, an incredible gift, bought and given with love.
    The wood of the Cross – it may well have been ‘dead’, but I feel it’s life was continuing. It’s life had a purpose, and that purpose was to live on in the hearts of millions of people, throughout time eternity. The wood never ‘died’. It’s still alive, in all of us. As is the Son of God.

    He knew what He was doing when He planned this whole thing out. Clever, eh?
    Thank Heavens He didn’t ask me to do the planning. Left up to me to plan things, we’d have got a buffet, boxes of tissues and a quiet time for prayers.

    Loved this post Chicken. It drew me in and gave me a different view. Fabulous.
    Sending much love to you ~ Cobs. xxx

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Oh Cobs! I grinned just thinking about if it had been left up to us….”a buffet, boxes of tissues and quiet time for prayers.” You are so right. We would have come up with some type of craft time to remind us of some truth and then maybe got all involved in the craft and not the truth? At least I know that is how my brain can sometimes work.
      Love to you and yours this Easter weekend Cobs. ❤

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  3. ruthsoaper says:

    I love the connection you have drawn here. When we bought our property there were many dead ash trees. They had been killed off by the emerald ash borer that has infested our part of the country. It seems horrible that so many trees have died because this bug was unintentionally imported, but we have been able to cut those trees and use them to heat our home during the winter for several years now. Ash trees make great fire wood. I think we would have had a difficult time deciding to cut live trees for fire wood so I see the dead trees as a gift.

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  4. Margy says:

    It’s never too late to plant more trees, is it!
    We went to a farm auction a few years ago and came home with a bundle of garden tools. We didn’t want everything in the bundle, but that was how it came. One of the things we didn’t want or need was a cattle prod.
    When you put two men in the same room as a cattle prod, and they don’t have any experience with one, and they are curious as to how it works… well, this is how legendary stories come about.

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  5. Prais says:

    Your beautiful post rings a bell in me. I too love planting trees. Sometimes I still pass by the former house and note how beautiful and healthy my lone pine tree has grown!

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