Like A Tree – Breathing

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 Gift of Growth

What gifts have you received this year? And no, I’m not posting this too early. While the Christmas season is one time of giving and receiving gifts, I’ve been reflecting back over the past year. The whole year as seen through the eyes of Christmas. So, the first gift on my list was the gift of growth. I didn’t get any taller and I won’t be disclosing if I got any larger around the middle.

Transformations – 8

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us . . . And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:18, 28 NIV) For the past seven Monday, we’ve looked at the transformation process in: eggs, carrots and coffee beans – especially how they all react differently

Transformations – 7

Since we are changed by the journey, we’ve been looking at examples of transformations. Many of them involved heat, pressure, irritation, and being broken. Ouch. But, what about waiting in the dark for something to happen? Today’s spotlight is the butterfly. This insect starts out as a worm, er, caterpillar. It spends its days crawling around and eating. As it grows, it sheds its old skin for a new one. While it might have interesting

Transformations – 5

For the past four Mondays, we’ve been looking at transformations. In boiling water, eggs become hard and carrots become soft, but coffee beans transform their circumstances into coffee. Under intense heat and pressure, black carbon transforms into transparent diamonds. Oysters turn their irritations into pearls. The crashing waves upon the sands of life polish broken glass into a beachcomber’s treasure. Today’s transformation focuses on silver. In nature, silver is usually found in a combination with

Transformations – 4

Another week, another example of being transformed by the journey. Today, let’s look at sea glass. Also known as beach glass, it is glass found on the beaches of oceans and large lakes that has been tumbled by the action of water and sand until smoothed and frosted. The scattered pieces are collected by beachcombers into jars or fashioned into pieces of jewelry. A classic example of trash transformed into a treasure. What about the

Transformations – 3

In our continuing look at being transformed by the journey, today let’s take a closer look at the pearl. An oyster produces a pearl when foreign material becomes trapped inside the shell. The oyster responds to the irritation by producing nacre, a combination of calcium and protein. The nacre coats the foreign material and over time produces a pearl. Think of it like you just got a piece of dust in your eye. Tears flow

Transformations – 2

In continuing our look at how the journey changes us, I’d like to look at the example of the diamond. Think about a hunk of black carbon. Bury it about 100 miles underground where it encounters intense heat from the Earth’s mantle. And intense pressure from that much rock sitting on top of it! Under those conditions, the carbon can melt and the atoms can line up in a cubic formation. Now you have a


A journey is more than movement toward a goal. It’s a life-changing experience. We arrive at the destination different than when we started. How have we changed? How does this transformation happen? On Mondays, for the next several weeks, I’d like to take a closer look at examples of things that have changed due to their circumstances. Years ago, a story made it’s way through the Internet about a young woman complaining to her mother