IF A TREE FALLS …

By the late Pastor Moody

One of the dumber questions I’ve ever heard put forth is the one that asks, “If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one to hear it fall, does it really make any noise?”

There are those who say that without ears present to hear them, there is no sound because of some strange symbiotic relationship between man and nature. DUMB!

There are those who say that sound is relative to the proximity of one able to hear and understand it. DUMB!

Some just say we can’t prove it, because we weren’t there to hear it ourselves. DUMB!

We all know that falling trees make noise. The noise level may vary given a wide range of variables, but noise is part of falling. More importantly, once that tree falls, regardless of who did or did not hear it, the tree ain’t getting back up – at least not under its own power.

People are falling all around us. Some fall with a loud crash. Some twist and spiral in the wind before falling. Some settle to the ground rather slowly and silently. The bottom line is they ain’t getting up under their own power. They need help.

Why is it that so many Christians want to stand (or sit) around trying to decide what exactly it was that took the person down? Once they figure it out, they often take on that “I told you so” self-righteous attitude. 

I believe Jesus wants us to help get them back on their feet and then help them to decide what the problem was (is) and find a solution to help them avoid falling again. Remember, anyone can grab a chainsaw and cut people down. Only those powered by God’s love through His Spirit can raise them back up.

Lord, help me to be a healer, not a talker.

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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