The cherry blossom trees have been in full bloom this month. WHAT a beautiful scene to see (and smell) the cherry blossoms bursting against a bright blue sky. A few weeks ago we had a surprise one-foot snow storm that cracked off big blooming branches around town, even uprooting a couple of trees. The only trees hit seemed to be the cherry blossom trees. Their wood is softer and they bloom earlier than most. Some neighbors woke up their children early to shake off the snow when they heard the branches snapping.
This week (a few weeks after the storm) as I look at the trees whose branches had broken off under the weight of the snow, I noticed something wonderful. The trees are just as pretty as ever. They just have a new shape! The uprooted trees are even still there after strong people and wooden poles put them back in place.
On my walk today I wondered how often I have had 'surprise snow storms' in my life that 'took down some of my branches' when I was just minding my own business and blooming.
If you ever feel like your in the midst of a storm, just think that perhaps "nature's gardener" is at work, pruning and reshaping you. If we become completely uprooted, sometimes we have to be humble enough to receive the offered help from other people to help us become firmly planted again. Remember to make up your mind to trust in the Lord, have faith, and try to pray. You WILL keep blooming, and you may like the 'new you' even better as you weather the storm.