Saturday, June 20, 2015


Here's another one coming from the same pile; I found it closer to the bottom and was dated June 01, 2004 - Word Ministry. Unfortunately, the first two paragraphs on the sheet were torn off and the rest had turned brown with time. But as far as I can recall the article is about a man who sent off his four sons into the woods and to this particular tree and to report back to him their observations about it.
The succeeding paragraphs unfold like this...... and to quote
--- "When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen. The FIRST SON said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The SECOND SON said no --- it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The THIRD SON disagreed, he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen,. The LAST SON disagreed with all of them; he said that it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.
After listening to their feedback, the man explained to his sons that they were all right, because they each seen but ONLY one season in the tree's life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season. And that the essence of who they are -- and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life -- can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.
He further said...... If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, the fulfillment of your fall. Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don't judge life by one difficult season. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come at some time or later."

And that is so true, isn't it? We each go through the seasons of life. Each season comes to touch our lives in ways authentic to its own purpose. Maybe what the father is trying to tell his sons is that life should be viewed not from the constricting point of one season or one event or one experience. Not to think that the end of the world has come because of one failure or mistake. Not to pack up our bags outright defeated just because things are not happening the way we want them to. Not to consider others as less than ourselves just because they don't think, speak, or act the way we do. Not to be too quick to push that 'react' button.
Instead to wait for things to truly unfold. Wait for explanations. Wait for the story to finish. Wait for the dust of aggravation and strife to settle down. Wait for the time when truth reveals itself in all of its splendor.... or its opposite. Well, sometimes truth can be quite unpleasant to see or hear. But then truth is truth and off it we can better make honest judgement or measure and its corresponding course of action, be it pleasant or otherwise.
Life is beautiful. But we must also understand that life too has its rough patches. There is both good and bad in it. Yet we shouldn't allow negativity in any form, ours or that of others, to spoil what we have in terms of joy, fulfillment, and happiness.... or quench our hope of having more of those we treasure and value most. God planned us for happiness. Happiness is indeed our worthy portion. That is truly by divine design.

Blessings, everyone!


  1. Hello Ellen, fabulous post, very inspiring and very thought provoking.

    It is true we have to go through the bad season to enjoy the good season but most of us get so devastated by the bad season that we wallow in self pity and despair. God surely has a purpose. Perhaps we will not be able to enjoy the good season so much if we did not have bad season or if we have only good season then even the good season become dull and monotonous.

    We had a long dry hot season this and we we were wondering when the rainy season will come so that the atmosphere will cool down.. The rainy season took its own sweet time to come and in the meanwhile we were getting desperate. In the end rains came and we were overfilled with joy. But I know when the rains become a torrential down pour we will once again long for dry spell and warm weather.

    As you said life is made up of seasons, both good and bad, success and failure, sadness and happiness, spell of despondency and despair followed by achievement and confidence.

    Wonderful, inspiring post.

    Best wishes

    1. Hi Joseph,

      Oh this is so nice see you here! :-) It's such a pleasure to see you share your wisdom and insights on the subject. You do that every time and it adds up to my store of learning. It's appreciated; thank you!

      May you be enjoying a wonderfully blessed day.
      God bless you and your family.


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