July 25, 2020

Standing Through Winter’s Wilderness

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” – Matthew 4:1 My Grandpa Schuller had many potent sayings, but one that’s had a great personal impact on my life was his admonition to “never cut down a tree in the winter.” Though it meant little to me as a kid from Southern California, when I moved to Oklahoma as a teenager, I finally understood the imagery that inspired this phrase. Since we lived in Broken Arrow, there was a huge forest behind our house that went on for as far as you could see. In the spring and summer, the trees were green and lush, but in the winter, they would lose all of their leaves. In fact, when covered with ice, they looked just like big twigs sticking out of the snowy ground. In that state, it was impossible to distinguish

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