When it fell, everybody heard it. There was no debating the existential question of whether it really fell if no one was in the forest to witness the fact.
A stump marks its grave, the place where a magnificent golden canopy flourished last fall. Where birds found a song perch. The biggest and most beautiful in its row, its loss is a deep injustice. Did the wind have to pick on that one? Really?
As you may recall, it landed on some of my shrubs, including a deep blood-orange rose.
The rose is recovering, and something strange has happened...
I was so busy mourning the tree, feeling the metaphorical door close on that corner of the garden, I forgot to watch for an open window.
Here's the thing - that rose has always been below par. Substandard. Inferior. It struggled in the shade of the tree, and I knew when I planted it there that it would always underwhelm me and never live up to its full potential. But I planted it because in that corner, where snow cover is reliable, I could bank on this rose having a good winter survival rate.
I would never have voluntarily cut down that beautiful tree.
But now that the door slammed on it, good and hard, the window of sunlight that its removal has shed on this rose has produced a mini-miracle! In the midst of mourning has come an unexpected source of joy and pleasure. The death of the one has brought new life to the other!
I know One who died so that I might live in the Light, too!
"He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins." Romans 8:3b
One died that others might live. In order to conquer the power of sin, One took the place of all those condemned, in order to reconcile us to the Father who created us for so much more than our underwhelming performance...
The Tree that fell in the forest, that was heard around the world, has opened a window of opportunity for you and I that is unparalleled. Our growth potential was secured by His removal, so to speak.
What a magnificently unexpected result of one of the most heinous acts of injustice ever dished out in the history of the world!
How thankful I am that the best and brightest in the row volunteered Himself for removal on my behalf. Because of that willing Heart, the window is wide open.
When the door slams shut, look for a window...