A couple of months ago, during a fierce wind and rainstorm that blew through the Klamath basin, I lost a lovely Beech tree in my front yard. It felt like the loss of a good friend.
Downed branches from the massive Catalpa tree on my neighbor’s property were strewn all across my yard. As I cleaned up the next day I knew there would be some metaphor to ponder about God in my life. God often speaks to me in this way.
The metaphor didn’t come that day, but only a few days ago as I was sitting in my living room in the early morning hours. One of the Catalpa tree’s dead branches was still resting high up on my neighbor’s cable wire where it couldn’t be reached. I had lamented how withered and ugly it was and how it marred my view of the hills out my living room window. Then I noticed chirping birds were resting on this withered branch. The eyesore had been turned into a resting place for the birds of my neighborhood!
Life is full of storms that seem to wreak havoc in our lives, yet God always seems to bring a way to redeem those losses, if we stay awake to the possibilities. Perhaps this is what Emmanuel, God with us means, that God is to be found in all that life brings our way. I want to enter God’s redemptive story within my own family, in my Friends Meeting, and right here in my neighborhood, being a resting place for those around me.
Contributed by Faith Marsalli, Klamath Falls Friends