Thursday, April 30, 2009

Some Trees & an Easter Lily

Eight years ago we planted a tree in our yard in the spring; an Autumn Purple White Ash.

It was six feet tall when we planted it.

Oh, how we took care of that tree. We put a protective "barrier" around the bottom, we tied ropes to it in different directions to keep it pointing straight to the sky.

We faithfully watered the tree every day at first and then every other day for the first two years. We knew that we needed to keep the tree watered so that the roots would grow down deep instead of out and shallow.

This spring, I expect the tree to be over 20 feet tall with a full set of leaves.

"It was strong and beautiful, with wide-spreading branches, for its roots went deep into abundant water." Ezekiel 31:7 NLT

Across the road the in park, is a tree that has caught my attention.

This little tree was planted almost two years ago.

He's just a little guy. His trunk isn't very big, he doesn't have very many branches and to me, and he looks rather fragile when I consider the winds that can whip through our area.

No one has cared for this tree like we cared for ours. As it grows, I wonder if the effects of the weather will hinder its ability to grow up straight.

"But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards." Matthew 7:26

Enter another tree.

Our Christmas tree. We planned a day to go with the kids to pick out our tree to a local tree farm. We had so much fun; riding on the wagon out through the rows of trees. Stopping in the area where the kind of tree we wanted was planted. Walking through more rows of trees until we found the right one. Cutting it down, taking it home and, well, you know the rest.

After the decorations were off and all safely packaged and put away for another year, the tree exited the house courtesy of Clint.

Later that same day, I walked out the front door of our house and down the two steps off our deck onto the driveway and there, right there, was our Christmas tree. Stump stuck into a deep snow bank.

We had a cold winter and enough snow, that this tree "stood" for a good long time; stood until the temperatures started warming up and the snow melted.

"...on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness." Matthew 23:28

The Easter lily.

As I admire my lily I wonder why it is the "Easter lily." Maybe it's because the white symbolizes purity; maybe because each year there are new blooms symbolizing hope and rebirth.

This year, Easter was more than a day; it is a season for me. Like April in the midwest; the fields, for the most part, are still brown from the fall harvest; the trees have no leaves; even the roads bear the dirt and sand from a long winter. Things are still dead.

Jesus was dead.
In Hell...

Spring will come; leaves will appear, crops will grow, flowers will bloom.

Jesus conquered death.

"I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth." Job 19:25

Which tree do you associate with? No matter which one you feel like, the Easter lily is for all of us.

I did find this on the internet:
These snow white flowers symbolize new life and hope.
The bulb of these flowers buried in the ground represents the tomb of Jesus and the glorious white trumpet-like fragrant flowers which grow from the bulbs symbolize His life after death. The snowy white color stands for the purity of the Divine Savior and the joy of the resurrection while the trumpet shape signifies Gabriel's trumpet call to rebirth and new life.


  1. I did not realize that tidbit about lilies. Thank you for sharing that. Loved the pics in our post!

  2. opppssss! Meant to say 'your' post :)

  3. For a long time I was the little tree in the park.

    Now I pray I am that tree in your front yard. Through framily, their love for Christ and Jesus' love for me, I pray my roots grow deep. I pray that I have wide-spread branches and that his life in me might provide shelter for some, shade for some, and signs of life for others!

    This post was worth the wait.

    Grace and Peace!

  4. That...was...amazing.

    Good to "see" you again, Janelle! I've been missing your great insights!

  5. I can so relate to all three trees at different times! Thanks for Easter Lilies!

  6. Annie, it was hard not sharing more photos from the Tree Farm. It really was fun! Even my can-be-too-serious husband was having a good time as evidenced by him hoisting the tree above his head - or he was just showing off his great brute strength for me!

    Chris & Steph, for a long time, I was the little tree crossed with the Christmas tree. Thankfully, THANKFULLY I've also been the beautiful tree in the front yard. (Hope the Christmas tree was worth the wait...)

    Billy, it's funny to hear you tell me I have great insight. I never leave your blog without God speaking to me. But isn't that one of the great things about being a child of God? Moses wasn't really what you'd expect either but Deuteronomy 34:12 says "For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel."

  7. Thank you, Janelle...beautiful words.