Both soil and climate are hard on trees in our part of the state. With that in mind, it doesn't help when the home builders included in our landscape package a tree that was "mostly dead." (think of the line in "Princess Bride"*).
That's what we got stuck with two years ago and in spite of a lot of complaining from us, we lost that battle. So after giving the tree two full years to show us what it could do, Beloved pronounced it "all dead,"* bought a new tree, and called somebody to remove the bad one.
Of course there is a spiritual application here. We need to abide in Christ Jesus or we will not thrive nor bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Abide in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine;
no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me,
and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me,
he is cast forth as a branch,
and is withered;
and men gather them, and cast them into the fire,
and they are burned.
John 15:4-6 KJV
|the very-much-alive new tree (an Autumn Blaze Maple)|
*to see the reference to the lines in Princess Bride, click here: