I came home tonight from Underground to find a note on my door from the Homeowner's Association. Keep in mind, I pay monthly dues to be part of this association. They are informing me that the tree that is right outside my bedroom window will be cut down tomorrow. This makes me very sad. This tree shelters my bedroom window from unwanted noise, sun, rain and wind. It is a beautiful and tall cedar tree and I will miss it.
It got me thinking about John 15:5 where Jesus is the vine (or trunk) and we are called to be branches.
I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation initimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. John 15:5 - The Message
I don't always act strong or protective as the branches on the tree outside my bedroom do. In fact, sometimes I'd rather be cut down than have to protect or shelter someone.
I will miss my tree but continue to focus on how I can be a better branch, even when I want to be cut off.