In my quest to be like a tree in 2012, I’ve asked myself “What does a tree do?” Granted, we’ve already talked about many of the benefits trees provide and the fact they go through seasons. But, at the core, trees breathe.
Trees breathe? Yep. You read that correctly. It’s a not-so-simple process called photosynthesis where trees soak up sunlight, water, and carbon-dioxide and transform them into oxygen, water, and the simple sugars used to fuel the tree’s growth. Trees inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Trees breathe.
In order for this transformation to occur, trees must take in vital resources. Roots soak up water from the ground while trunks and branches transport the water up to the leaves. Tiny holes in leaves allow carbon dioxide to enter while the chlorophyll found in the cells absorbs the sun’s energy. A lack in any area due to drought, sickness, cloudy days, or changing seasons affects the rate of photosynthesis.
Am I soaking in the nutrients necessary for healthy growth in my life? Am I drinking deep from the Water of Life? Am I basking in the Light of the Son? Or am I spiritually dry, gasping for air, and living in the dark?
And then, is transformation happening? Are these ingredients causing me to grow and reach further? Am I giving off life to those around me so they can breathe easier?
What about you? Is your life breathing freely? Is it easier to inhale or exhale? Do you lack a certain ingredient?