So good to hear from you…and thank you for your response. I think you wrote your own “parable” with your image of the trees and “haircuts.” God trimming away the not needed and dead parts of our lives which makes more space for the other parts of us to grow. But, the process and experience of that “trimming” can be unsettling and uncertain.
After reading your reflections, what I found myself thinking about was this. In some ways it is a matter of perspective, isn’t it? Back to my “parable”… After the “storm,” however we experience that in our lives, we can just stare at the dried up part of the stream…at what used to be…and either mourn that what once was no longer is, or be angry. Or, we can lift our eyes and look around and maybe see the new channel that has been created.