A couple of summers ago my friend and I took a trip to California. One of the many places that we stopped at was the Redwood National and State Parks. It is an awe inspiring place. I love nature and have been to other parks but this place truly stired deep emotions in me. The trees are just so majestic. The more and more I saw of them the more I wanted to be like them. Strong, firm, immovable, tall, reaching constantly to greater heights. As my love of these magnificent trees grew I just new I had to have one for myself. So I bought a redwood tree and it is really small. It is just a wee little thing. It is amazing that something so small has the potential to be something so big.
Lately I have been feeling really small. That my spirit is really small. Feeling small leads to me feeling defeated. Leads me to thinking that I cannot reach my full potential. But as I look at my baby redwood tree in all of its smallness I don't see that in it. I only see what it can become. So I have decided to see my self as a baby redwood tree. Small for now but with extreme potential.
God doesn't expect us to become perfect over night. He knows we start small. He knows right now compared to others we might look like we don't amount to much. He knows this but He doesn't see that. He sees what we can become and will do everything that He can to help us reach our full potent potential. He said that Himself, "For behold, this is my work and my glory- to bring to pass the mortality and eternal life of man. (Moses 1:39)