Elm or Evergreen?

Several years ago, The Wall Street Journal carried a story about Sally, an overly conscientious youngster who made herself miserable over the smallest failures and setbacks. Early one fall, while the leaves were still on the trees, there was an exceptionally heavy snowstorm. Sally’s grandfather took her for a drive during which he said,

“Notice those elms; the branches are so badly broken that the trees may die. But just look at those pines and evergreens. They are completely undamaged by the storm. My child, there are two kinds of trees in the world, the foolish and the wise. An elm holds its branches rigid. As it becomes weighted down, eventually its limbs break. But when an evergreen is loaded, it simply relaxes, lowers its branches, and lets the burden slip away. And so it remains unharmed. Be a pine tree, granddaughter.”

Christians who give all their cares to the Lord can face life’s burdens much better than those who try to bear the weight themselves.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Taken from Glad Tidings

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