Monday, August 30, 2021

Which Way Does a Tree Fall?

If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, and or nephews there is a good chance you have seen the “LORAX” movie. There is a very powerful quote in the movie from Dr. Seuss.  It goes like this: 

“The Lorax:  Which way does a tree fall.

The Once-ler: Uh, down?

The Lorax:  A tree falls the way it leans.  Be careful which way you lean.”


God very simply puts it this way:  Proverbs 3: 5-8

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in you're own eyes: fear the LORD and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”

If you have weathered the storms of the past year and a half there is a strong possibility you understand the magnitude of that verse from Proverbs.  Not saying it has been easy and or is easy.  Just saying while the storms may be challenging to you, causing you to feel weary, maybe even defeated at times, you are still standing.  That tells me you have a vertical lean.  You’re not leaning to the left or the right.  Both of which can be guilty of leaning on their own understanding and their own wisdom.

So, maybe take some time to ask yourself “Which way am I leaning?”  And if you realize your life is a little bit in shambles and overwhelming to the point of questioning whether you can really make it through these storms:

 Lean into HIM …”it will be healing to your flesh and a refreshment to your bones.”