Winter Wait

posted by Sharon January 15, 2013 13 Comments

What do you think of when you see the bare branches of winter? Even in my California desert city, trees lose their leaves and stand stark and gray in the bleak midwinter. I saw many today when I walked along the river.

Some have leaves turned yellow but still hanging on, as if they just don’t want to give up. But soon even these last bits of gold will flit away.

These trees make me think of waiting. They are standing there, still beside the river that ripples along with recent rains. They bask in the weak winter sun. They are waiting, waiting for the spring when they will be decorated with fresh green and new life.

Waiting is tough. My family is waiting on health news and job news, and it’s hard. To be still and be patient does not come naturally. So I look at these trees and hear the river moving and feel the sun and think about how they are waiting for spring. Then I see it. They are not their most beautiful right now, but they are in the right place for them, rooted near water, lifting branches to the sun.

The bareness will soon enough be filled with spring growth because they have all they need: water and light. They look dead, but they are taking in nourishment. I can hardly wait to see these trees in full bloom again.

For me, trust in God gives me roots. Psalm 1 says, “He will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water.”

How about you? Are you waiting for something? What gives you nourishment while you wait?

 

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13 Comments

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Tina´s PicStory January 15, 2013 at 8:10 am

you are very welcome to join us 🙂
this serie of photos is just beautiful!

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Pieni lintu January 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

Great shots!

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theartfuldiva January 15, 2013 at 10:18 am

I like the shots of the few leaves hanging on the bare branches – good work!

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Janine January 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

Wonderful collection of photos.

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Paul O'Rourke January 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

Great shot, love the colour in the sky in the first shot.

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MG Atwood January 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm

You have such beautiful blue skies! Our gray days can get so bleak. Lovely photos.

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Kim Stevens January 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Beautiful thoughts…I have something I’m writing similar to this. I love trees, theirs shapes, their strength and resilience, and yes their patience…something nature does so well!!

We are waiting to hear news about a job…waiting with faith!! xo

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin January 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I always try to focus on the moment of the seasons. I find that if I don’t and long for the next season’s event – I then miss having savoured the season when it happened!

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kathy January 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

They might be “bare branches” but they are also AMAZING texture!

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Molly January 15, 2013 at 11:14 pm

You may have bare branches but oh my that sky… I so wish we had the beautiful blue sky here (UK)

Mollyxxx

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bek January 16, 2013 at 12:32 am

What a beautiful post!

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Evelyn in Oregon January 16, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Beautiful trees…and leaves!

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Sharon Padilla January 17, 2013 at 2:13 am

Very lovely! And your words refresh like the water from the river even in winter.

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