A Lesson From My Magnolia Tree

4 06 2009

So I have this magnolia tree that my family has called Maggie. She is not your typical magnolia. She is short…some would say dainty….i would say dwarfed…but, she is the only tree in our front yard. For years she has grown maybe an inch. Not really dead, but not really thriving. So we decided to spruce her up a bit,


The lillies and elephant ear plants crowded around Maggie’s feet to make for a nice little front yard greenery. As you can see, they started to dominate little Maggie’s space…especially the lilly grass that grew half of her size. Something interesting happened this year —


For the first time ever, Maggie is growing! There is new life, she is thriving!! All it took was some competition. It took some resistance. It took some competition. It took a little struggle. It’s like that in life. When resistance, struggle, competition come our way we can either shrink back and be dominated….or we can be strengthened and grow.

What life struggles are you dealing with today? Know there is a God who loves you more “than the grains of sand on the beach.” He knows your struggles, and He wants you to thrive in them. He wants to pour strength into your body. He wants you to grow like Maggie.

Breathe In & Smile Out,