Bent not Broken

Hiking last summer, we came upon this area of trees.  God impressed upon me the reality and beauty of trees with ‘character,’ and more specifically of wood that has ‘character.’   Wood that has been bent, but not broken.

bent not broken

bent not broken


I love that there is a straight tree there for support and encouragement maybe even, and guidance for the tree that went the wrong way at first, but is skyward now.  Both stories are amazing, both have beauty.  There is beauty in the straight and narrow, the path less traveled, the path immediately upward, and as our friends in Hyland sing, there is “beauty in the broken.”

God uses both paths for His Glory, both show his mercy and grace and love.  Embrace your path and praise God for your role in others’.


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