They are with us all year round but it is during the winter that their presence dots the landscape with prominence.
Their green branches defy the calling of the season, and serve to attract woodland creatures searching for shelter and refuge from the bitter harsh elements that come this time of year.
So what is the name of this winter solace one may ask? None other than the prevailing Evergreen.
- Evergreens are commonly described in botany as a leaf persistence, which basically means that new leaves constantly grow as old ones are shed. that has leaves in all seasons. This occurs due to
With this being said it gives meaning to the term “evergreen” which can metaphorically refer to something that is continuously being renewed.
So why share this information with you? Because I’ve been challenged, no not by men, but by a very unexpected source.
What source you may ask? It is the Evergreen that continues to display its green foliage in the dead of winter that has caused me to take a journey down the path of self examination.
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A tucked away message
The winter landscape, barren, brown, and at times snowy white, is typical for this time of year and my eyes have grown accustom to its overall dreariness. Lately however, as I drive, walk, or simply peer out a window, I find that dark green branches, sprinkled throughout the barren landscape, draws my attention.
I visually seem to gravitate, search for, and take a reassurance of comfort in seeing this green beacon of life standing during the most barest of all seasons.
And in reflection, I find it amazing that God, in His infinite design of nature, has tucked away a message of encouragement within the branches of the Evergreen.
For me, the message conveys many things but before I set them to type, let me first share a few facts pertaining to this plant that defies the frigid elements of winter.
- Evergreens can reinforce their survival.
- Due to their chemical make-up they create favorable conditions through their needle or leaf litter to promote the growth of additional Evergreens.
- Their branch structure provides shelter not only for woodland creature to take refuge, but also make it easier for younger evergreens to survive the winter.
- Evergreens are in constant regeneration, a self-renewal.
So now that a few facts have been shared let me express what this marvelous plant has taught me.
Evergreens can reinforce their survival
Taking this fact and translating it to my Christian walk simply means that I need to reinforced my spiritual development through a steady diet of the word of God. By doing so I have reinforced, through the development of my faith, a “hardiness” to survive the winters that life is destined to share.
Due to their chemical make-up they create favorable conditions
What is the “make-up” of the Christian life? I believe it is the manifestation of the fruits of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (self restraint).
As we exhibit these qualities we not only continue to be attractive, but we set an example for our younger brothers and sister to follow as they grow in the nourishment of Christ.
Branch structure provides shelter for survival
John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” I believe that this verse says it all.
To be the branch that can offer shelter to those who are hurting and looking for refuge, we must be grounded in Christ, for without Him we can do nothing, but in Him we can do all things!
In biology the description of regeneration is the restoration, or new growth by an organism of organs, tissues, etc., that have been lost, removed, or injured.
Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
As you can see, both the biological description and Gods word calls for regeneration, a renewal. If we are doing as we are instructed to, our faith will always be in a constant state of regeneration of growth.
Beacon of life during barren times
As Christians, we should be living our lives in such a way that we are predominate in the life landscape around us.
We should be vibrant and attractive in the ways of God, so that those who are seeking shelter and refuge, guidance and strength, can see that we reflect the beacon of life, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Evergreen stands steady and strong. It endures harsh environments and promotes growth in all seasons. It lives in a constant state of renewal and beckons to those seeking shelter and refuge.
And as it stands defying the frigid harsh elements of winter, the message tucked away in its life has a challenge for us.
Are we to be for Evergreen?