What the Pine Trees Told Me
I paused by a quiet lake in the moonlight and listened, and this is what the pine trees said to me:
“We have grown tall, because we have grown straight. We have grown big because we have reached for the stars. We have learned that the way to increase our height is to keep growing. We have grown strong because we have rooted deep in the good earth. We have been patient, for we have learned that it takes time to grow a great tree.
We have faced life bravely as it came: sunshine, and storm, snow and rain. We have filled the air with the sweet aroma of our needles and have given shade to those who came our way. We have known the joy of service by sheltering with our branches the nests of birds. We have been still and listened to God and we have seen His face in the dawning of each new day.”
The pines were silent then, swaying as though in benediction. And I walked away beneath the stars meditating on their message.