A Promise in the Bends and Twists

posted by Sharon November 1, 2011 12 Comments

In the thick of the forest . . .


. . . have you ever noticed that some trees grow bent?

bent tree

Some trees lean, looking like they may topple to the ground.

Leaning trees

Young trees fail to reach directly skywards.

young tree

Established trees display a decades-old curvature of the spine.

old tree

Some start out well but something happens and they turn.


Others grow up reaching for the sun without wavering to the north or south, east or
west. The trunk is solid. This, we think, is the ideal. This is a true tree.

true straight tree

Our lives are like these trees. We take different paths — curves, distinct bends,
maybe just leaning a bit from true up.

This season I’ve been rehearsing for a concert of Messiah, one of the most
creative musical works our culture has given us. One song quotes Isaiah
40: “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low, the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.”

These trees on display in the forest on a fine fall afternoon made me think of that song. One day all the crookedness of our lives will be made true and pure; the rough will be smoothed out. It’s hard to see that today. We need faith to imagine such a time. When I look at my own bent, curved “trunk,” I hang onto this faith. I believe.

How about you? Do you believe God can redeem the bends and twists of our lives?

tall tree

Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesdays and Texture Tuesdays. Texture used is “And Then Some,” provided by Kim Klassen of Texture Tuesday.

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Sandy November 1, 2011 at 5:21 am

what a beautiful story! Love the trees, all of them!

Yvette November 1, 2011 at 6:09 am

Lovely to find you here in blog land…great tree photo’s today for TT. Have a wonderful day, Yvette@twistedvines

Sam (@SamsNoggin) November 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Yes, God can do anything, if we allow Him, and obey His word. I love shooting trees as well!

Charlene Long November 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

That was a very insightful write. Thank you for that tad bit of knowledge to start my day with.

Jill November 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Oh, I do believe that He can!

Ocean Soul November 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Such a good object lesson and nice photos to go with it too!

Courtney November 1, 2011 at 5:36 pm

beautiful trees, they remind me a bit of Seattle and make me wish I was back!

Pat November 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Love the perspective of those last two shots. Magnificent tree!

Tracey Nanstad November 2, 2011 at 12:43 am

Very cool post! I have always found the twisty turny trees interesting. Great pics!

Joanie November 2, 2011 at 1:16 am

Oh my, what a beautiful analogy about life. I love your insight. I appreciate your experiences in the forest with the Messiah playing in your head! I love that! One of my favorites is “The Trumpet Shall Sound”. It’s been years since I’ve been a Messiah choir… I miss that.

And what do I believe? I bear strong testimony that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ all wrong can be righted, all sins forgiven, all wounds healed if we will but turn to Him and keep His commandments.

Barb November 2, 2011 at 1:58 am

Wonderful photography!

Susan November 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Oh how true!! Great illustration… So good to know he can make that change in our lives!!

Blessings to you♥


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