The tree trimmers moved through Big M last year. Huntsville Utilities periodically “clears the lines” to minimize power outages by cutting back any tree or branches that could potentially fall onto a power line in a storm.
Several of the maple trees in my front yard got cut back, again. They often look a little funny right after but when spring comes the trees grow back. But some of my neighbors had trees with huge holes cut out, right through the middle of a tree’s canopy. The workers had no choice since the trees were growing directly under the power lines and had to be cut. Now they look very strange with big tunnels cut through their tops.
(Ps. 127:1) “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.” The perspective of the Psalm above describes a futility; an effort that was wasted.
One time I was assembling a set of shelves for Libbie at her school. The pieces were relatively basic and so I started without reading the directions completely through. Then I came to a part that would not fit. (Insert here a long, audible sigh!) I had placed an earlier part in the wrong spot. Not until much later did the problem became apparent. However, regardless of who did it, when they did it or why they did it, the shelf was not going to work properly unless it was taken apart and the error corrected. My labor was wasted because I failed to follow the designer’s directions. I did not look far enough ahead to see the conflict.
Matthew 7:24-27 RSV "Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."
Take care not to end up with a “hole” cut right through the middle of your life or a collapsing life because we “built” our lives in the wrong way, or on the wrong things, and not with the guidance of God.
- Tim Orbison