Friday, July 24, 2009

Trees and Silos

Trees don't belong in silos! 

I am sure that trees feel sheltered in silos.

Wind, rain, ice, snow, wouldn't be as harsh in the safety of it's walls. The sun would still share its light. Air would still be plentiful. The ground fertile. 

But the tree would not be useful. Protected but not effective.

You could not pick the fruit off of a tree in a silo. Would there be much fruit?

You could not hang a swing on the branch of a tree in a silo. 

You could not climb a tree in a silo, unless you are my son Caleb, then you might find a way. 

Mr. Tree would not even be noticed by the world until his branches got to the top of the silo's edge and beyond. His testimony would be lacking.

Psalm 1 Amplified

Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and mockers] gather. 

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. 

And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].

But he does not live in a silo.

He is useful.

He lets his light shine.

Matthew 5:14-16 The Message

(Jesus speaking)"Here's another way to put it: you're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, don't you think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you there on a hilltop, on a light stand.....shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

A silo is kind of like a big bucket........well, kind of......

And then there is John 15.

Verse 6 really got to me.

(Jesus words)"Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.

Eventually the tree in the silo can be cut down and hauled out. Building material, or fuel for the fire is all it will be good for. 

But living in a silo, a seemingly safe place is not a productive place for a tree.

Wonder how much, we, the church are like trees is silos. 

The world is a risky place. 

We really don't belong in it.

It isn't comfortable. 

Silos provide shelter, comfort, protection. So do church walls. 

I think it is time to tear down the walls of our silos and be useful branches. Let the world taste and see that the Lord is good by giving them a taste of the fruit of our branches. They need to know that He is good. 

Jesus was a man who was despised and rejected. The Bible says He was a man of many sorrows. He understands grief even more than we do, because He did not seek the shelter of a "silo". He was out there among the lost, ministering to a great host of people, sick people, needy people. 

We could have hung a swing on His branches. We could have made fruit salad from His bounty. We could have climbed higher and higher on His branches until we saw the face of God in the clouds. Jesus was a useful and productive tree while here on the earth. 

John 15 says that we are not much of a tree unless we are grafted into Him. And He, the tree of life,  is not ever going to be in a silo. And neither should we.

I recently read a story and saw pictures of a church service held beneath an underpass. The congregation was made up of mostly homeless people. 

The man that started that church was a tree out of his silo. 

Praise the Lord!

Please don't get me wrong! I LOVE church and I NEED church but there is so much to do beyond the walls OF church.



Daveda said...

Cheri, awesome post! I love the analogy! I agree 100%!br

Cheri Bunch said...

Thanks, Daveda!
Continued thoughts....It talks about Jesus' ministry being inside the synagogue a few times, but more often than not He was way beyond the walls of the temple. Continues to rumble in my mind!

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Joyful said...

My life is often too safe. This is calling me to get out of my "silo".

Great post Cheri.

Laura said...

Amen, Cheri! (where in the world did you find that that really a tree growing in a silo?)Been trying to break out of that silo for a while...

Looks like I'm not coming to N.C. :( Just not God's will right now. I will miss you! Have a good time. I'll be praying for you and all the other ladies.

luv you,

Cheri Bunch said...

Laura and Joy!!! I am so sorry that you will not be at She Speaks! I was hoping so much that both of you would be there! Should anything change, please, please let me know!
I took the picture, Laura. There are several silos around the area with trees in them. The Lord kept ministering to me about this so I decided to go out in the country and take a picture of one. I took it about a month ago so I have been ruminating on it all this time.
I have been so busy this summer, it has really cut into my writing time. It has been a good, good summer though. Very grateful! He has given me a lot to write about! You will be hearing from me more........Lord willing!!!

Love you, my dear, sweet, wonderful sisters, friends! You cannot imagine how many times I have thanked the Lord for you!!!

Sweet blessings!!!

Teresa said...

Wow!!... I just have to start off with that. Why? Well, because I have had this 'tree in a silo' thing on my mind this last two months or so... every time I see a tree sticking up out of the silo it catches my attention and I have been puzzled, or more correctly intrigued by them. And just tonight... just a few hours ago, as Zack, the kids and I were heading to his grandparents house to visit I asked him about the tree growing out of the silo in their bean field. And I asked him if the trees that grew in silos go all the way to the ground and have a root system or if maybe there was old grain or something that maybe they have their roots in... he didn't really know the answer to my question but I felt as though I had at least spoken out loud about my 'tree in the silo' wonderings... And then I see your blog, and this picture, I promise you looks EXACTLY like the one I was looking at this evening as I questioned it's root system. And now that I have read your post, not only do I think we are maybe a bit spiritually connected, but also was thinking that the trees that grow in the safety of the silo.. those ppl on the outside cannot see the roots, or for sure where they are planted. Do they have a good root system to bear good fruit? You just don't know, and may never know. But, the trees outside of that comfort zone and protection of the silo or church, you see from leaves to roots, from branches to fruit. You see their genuine self, their true presence, and essence. And it makes me think of the tree that I want to be ( I have always had a thing for trees anyway!:) But I want to be not only out of the silo, but with deep roots and strong branches, and abundunt good fruit of all kinds, I want to be planted by the stream of Gods 'living water' to water me daily and to grow daily. I want to be standing tall she showing his glory through all those things, my root system, branches, fruit and so on.
Thanks for this post Cheri, now you've really got me thinking about the trees in the silos... and I just might have to go take a picture of the one I was looking at tonight... because I tell you what, when I saw that picture in your post I just about couldn't believe my eyes... isn't God amazing!?! I look forward to more!

Love you cheri!

Sarah Dawn said...

You splashed me today, in God's goodness. I'll be back to get drenched even more.

Blessings from Costa Rica,
Sarah Dawn

Corrie said...

Hehehe,had to giggle when you wrote about Caleb-I could just see him figuring out how to climb that tree. I like this too:
"Its time to tear down the walls of our silos and be usefull branches" Please keep challenging me to leave my comfort zone!