When we moved into our home two years ago there were two huge pine trees with lush green needles in our neighbors yard that oversaw our yard. Whenever I looked at the vibrant trees,so full of life and beauty, I instantly felt happy. But something changed along the way.
For some reason, a few months after moving in the rich green needles on the pine trees began to die off. I assumed they would turn green again but they never did. Two years later, all that remains on the branches are dull, brown, crunchy needles with seemingly no life in them at all. Now when I look at the pine trees overseeing our yard I just feel a bit sad.
That familiar feeling hit me again when drinking coffee in my backyard a few mornings ago. I glanced at the lifeless-looking pine trees with its dried up needles and branches and wondered, What purpose do these trees have now?
The answer came swiftly when I looked up. There, at the very tip-top of the brown pine trees were a handful of birds perched on the branches. They were chirping and fluttering about, enjoying what God had provided them without any apparent sadness over the lack of green pine needles. As I continued watching, the birds took turns weaving in and out of the twigs and from what I observed, they were having the time of their lives and more importantly they seemed content.
It dawned on me then, that while the outside of the pine trees did not look the way it once did, though now they appeared dry and lifeless, in truth, the trees are actually bigger than they were when we moved in which could only mean one thing, Despite outward appearances my neighbors pines trees have strong, beautiful life growing on the inside of them. The life inside them cause them to stand tall and firm and also give the birds a special place to enjoy with ease.
All this time I had been focusing on the wrong thing. I looked only at what seemed dull, brown or dying on the trees instead of focusing on the deeper beauty growing on the inside. With the right focus, I would be just as content as the birds. If they figure it out, it was time that I did too.