Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sometimes Trees Must Fall

Here at Hobbit Cottage we have a huge problem. It's this:

(Be sure to notice the second tree, especially. Good grief.)

When the winds blow, those trees push against our garage. And of course, there's no room for gutters up there and the concrete garage floor is so pushed-up by the roots, that it's become chunks which flood to four inches in most places whenever it rains hard. We had Concrete Guy over for a driveway estimate and he said that-- unless those trees go away--eventually any new concrete inside the garage will become chunks, too.

So. Maybe you recall how ballistic I, being a tree-loving gal, went when our other-suburb neighbors (two different ones) cut down their beautiful huge trees behind us, but what I've realized since? 

Sometimes trees must fall.

And these two trees are not long for this world. Technically, they belong mostly to our neighbor, but he said no problem, cut them down (which is a blessing cuz Concrete Guy said neighbors usually cry, "No way!"). This week we had Tree Guy (an old friend from our first church here in NY) come by for an estimate. Not only will he chop the trees down, but he'll snip branches from a sycamore which is making our crab apple tree grow all wonky due to lack of sunlight. He'll trim the crab apple tree, also.

So because I try to be honest here in this blog, I just wanted to tell you about the upcoming tree murders. Some of you will understand, others will be angry at me--but I cannot live to make everybody happy. That's one sure recipe for a miserable life. 

All God asks is that I be honest with you and do what I feel He's given me peace to do. And that's what I've done.


"For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in *all* your ways..."  ...Psalm 91:11

And one last thing:

I confess. The only thing I don't like about computer life is watching so many unteachable, immature Christians. You know, ones who choose to live offended and mad at the world and at politicians and bankers and just general life in 2012.

Gracious. I need more patience (uh-oh. Never say that.). 

People, people, people (I always want to say). The answer is not in living mad. Or all hopeless and questioning. God is bigger than all our woes! God created wisdom so we could walk in it and a divine protection for our minds and hearts. And peace. He created incredible peace for us, too.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21)

As Christians, we are not left to our own brains or fate or whatever. We need not live afraid, angry or stupid. We need not make avoidable mistakes and fall into traps because of our own cluelessness.

No, God is the God of clues. He warns us before we step into danger, but we must want to hear from Him and not from ourselves. We must crave His ways and live with a distaste of our own ways and always be willing to have Him totally rewire our brains.

Until we choose His ways, His wisdom, it will pretty much be the same ol' same ol' daily, yearly troubles and the moaning thereof. Just sayin'.

"Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."  ... Philippians 4:7

"Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." ... Proverbs 4:7

"In *all* your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."  ... Proverbs 3:6

"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."  ... I Peter 5:8
(It's sad, but we can be devoured by worry, anger, fear, unforgiveness and a lack of hope for our future (and so much more). So we must stay alert and stay close to God's heart, like, minute-by-minute.)


A victim mentality is one where you blame everyone else for what happens in your world. (Another definition not as commonly used is one that says a person thinks the future only holds bad things for them.)  ... copied

As a Christian, I am choosing, instead, a victor mentality. That I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and that, even though I may have hard times, God will provide all that I need through each one!

"And the Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day and are watchful to do them."  ... Deuteronomy 28:13

Yes, even now, even in 2012.



Tracy said...

Debra, I love trees and the shade they provide in the summer as much as anyone, but they are causing damage to your garage. They simply have to go. No complaints from me! :)

Debra said...

Tracy... thank-you--really--for understanding about the trees. And for commenting, too. It means a lot, especially today (don't ask...heh...). Blessings, Debra

Mary said...

I am a fellow tree lover but had to remove three giant pines when we moved here because they were two feet from the house! I just made sure I planted one (in an appropriate place) for each one I took down. That made me feel better.

Tia Timoteo said...

It's sad that the story of these trees has to end this way. Just make sure that you'll give nature something in return by planting new trees - ones which won't end up getting killed someday due to their innate nature to be immovable. I know it is a hard decision to make, but yes, sometimes, trees must fall.

Judy said...

I'd be thinking of all the amazing ways to recycle the wood...

Anonymous said...

When we bought this hours it had three huge shade trees. One in front, one in back and one on the side. Two through the years developed deceases and problems that could not be cured and had to be taken out. We replaced one but the other could not be done. You have to work with what you have. The remaining tree of the original is huge and creates shade over most of the rest of the back yard so having fruit trees out there is a challenge. If you need the shade I know this mush be a hard decision to cut the trees down...but they Have to go as you said. They will only get even bigger!! Treeman has a challenge getting them out as it is now!! You are doing the right thing. Sarah