Katrina lives in North Carolina, I live in Maryland. But we text each other every morning, usually around 6:45am, to inform the other of our walking plans for that day and then we talk during our walk through our respective neighborhoods. It’s a great way to encourage each other to walk, and we laugh and solve some of life’s problems along the way.
OK, so on this particular morning Katrina was overwhelmed by the fact that a tree branch fell in her neighborhood. She witnessed it and she heard it. The breakage of the limb was very, very loud. She talked about this limb for a good 5-10 minutes. I thought it was interesting that the branch had fallen, but Katrina, also known as Crima, was truly overwhelmed by this, so much so that I started laughing at her for taking it so seriously.
"Did you know the tree personally, Crima?", I teased. "Is this the first time you've seen a fallen tree limb?"
Then the next day she told me, with great excitement, I might add, that she'd seen another fallen limb. Again, she was quite taken by this and again I kinda chuckled, still amazed that she was so amazed. Crima is my girl, but I really did wonder what the big deal was. And so did she.
She later confessed that she didn’t know why she was so interested in these fallen limbs, but when things like this happen, she digs deeper. So she did some research to find out why trees lose their limbs. She wondered if there was deeper meaning to this, something she was supposed to glean from this.
And there was.
Crima learned (and then shared with me) that when a tree loses a branch, it is often because that branch has been deprived of water. So it dies and falls from the tree. However, interestingly enough, it is not uncommon for water to pour out of the limb when it falls.
The limb that was starving for water is often full of water, but unable to process it effectively. So it falls off… and dies.
Wow. Isn’t that like us sometimes?
Sometimes we fail not because we don’t have what we need, but because we do not process it effectively.
We have the strength, know-how, and ability to do things, but we don’t use the gifts to our advantage. So our goals go unfulfilled.
We have a direct line to the Source of everything, but we don’t call upon Him. So we go without.
We have resources all around us, but we don’t take advantage of them. So we suffer.
We let our “water run out” and our dreams, our possibilities never come to full fruition... and eventually they die.
How sad. What a waste.
I’m no longer laughing at Crima, but I’m thanking her for sharing this lesson with me.
And I’m trying my best not to let my water run out.