Many of the beautiful fall colors in Colorado are found driving through the mountains to spot the groves of golden aspens blanketing the hillsides.
Aspens are a unique fast-growing hardwood tree. They tend to grow in groups on otherwise barren ground, especially after other vegetation has been lost to disease, logging, erosion, or fire. They are usually found where they can get a lot of sunlight. Unlike other trees with deep roots, aspen roots tend to go wide, intertwining and sharing nutrients with other new trees. Shimmering green leaves in summer turn into rich hues of gold and red in the fall.
Sun seekers. Root sharers. Found in community.
Sounds a lot like what a healthy Christian should be. Do I position myself in the Light for maximum exposure during the day? While deep roots are good for stability, do I forge connections with those around me for mutual support and encouragement? Do I spend time investing in (and receiving from) others with similar beliefs or am I a loner? Do I reach out into areas where others have been hurt? And am I attractive enough that people want to come see me?
If I’m going to be like a tree in 2012, shouldn’t I try to be a little more like an aspen?
What about you? Do you live near any aspens? Are you like an aspen tree? Why or why not?