Hairy – Lessons from a Bush!

One of the things I talk about in my book is a plant in my yard. We call him, “Hairy.” When you look at the photos of him, you’ll see why.

Several years ago the Lord showed me how various plants in my yard declare His glory. It was really neat – I’d never really thought about it before. Then we got to the New Zealand Tea Tree near the front door.

I sensed Him say, “You know, I meant for that plant to grow along the ground.”

“Yes, I know,” I replied, “but I’ve seen plants like this one that were beautiful trees.”

New Zealand Tea Tree

“How’d that work out for you?” He asked.

“Not so hot, as You can see.”

God lovingly used that tree to teach me about people. You see, He’d watched me stake up, wire branches, and prune in an effort to get my “horizontalis” variety to stand upright and be like what I wanted it to be.

I do this with people, too. I push them around, put them in awkward stances, and try to trim off the parts of them that don’t fit my image of what they could be. The problem with my plan is that it’s not my place to do so. God has a design in mind for each and every person on the planet, and it is not up to me to define them.

The pictures show what I ended up with…Hairy looks like Cousin It on a really bad hair day!

Hairy from the front door

The Lord used my feeble attempts at Bonsai to teach me that if I were given the opportunity to change people into what I wanted them to be, they would end up very much like Hairy.

Hairy from the streetThis tree is so ugly that I’d like to take it out and put something else in its place. However, I’ve decided that having this reminder right outside my front door is probably better. I look at him, think about someone I think I should change, and say, “Never mind!”

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12 responses

13 07 2013
melanie jean juneau

yup we both learned the same lesson

13 07 2013
lessonsbyheart

🙂

Hairy isn’t very visible. Maybe I’ll post his story this week. It’s a good lesson – one we would all do well to learn.

\o/

13 07 2013
melanie jean juneau

🙂

15 06 2013
Toni Sprandel

I love the post! What a beautiful analogy to “our” behavior (I admit, I am guilty of this too!). Your writing is easy to read and very engaging. When you get the book done, I want a copy!! Love you!!

15 06 2013
lessonsbyheart

Poor old Hairy – rest his soul. We cut him down last year.

Thanks, Toni.

\o/

15 06 2013
Toni Sprandel

May he rest in piece(s). He might have made some great firewood! Have a great Saturday!!

2 05 2013
vonhonnauldt

Love this post. I guess we can’t “genetically” or “spiritually” modify that which God has created and “improve” on it. But we’re (or at least I am a) slow learner(s).

2 05 2013
lessonsbyheart

Thanks.
Me too. If you look up “slow” in the dictionary, you’ll find my picture there! I left that ugly tree outside my front door for almost ten years as a daily reminder. I desperately needed it!

2 05 2013
vonhonnauldt

You know, I’d like to buy your book, if it’s still available. You can contact me at vonhonnauldt@netzero.net. Thanks.

2 05 2013
lessonsbyheart

Really? Thanks. I put the link back on my website. Lulu made some changes to their website. The cover of the book looks awful. It looks good in real life!

2 05 2013
vonhonnauldt

Looked it up. I just traded three of my grandchildren for car repairs, so it might be a while 🙂

13 06 2012
Emily

poor Hairy, now hes just a stump!

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