The Not-Dead Tree

Written by Lisa DeVinney on . Posted in poetry

There is a tree I pass each day
That’s lying on the ground.
I’d thought that it was long past dead,
But just today I found
 
Some new buds sprouting from its branches.
I sure was surprised!
Apparently it is not dead,
As I’d wrongly surmised.
 
It was a poignant lesson
Not to judge on what I see.
For there was life producing growth
In that old, broken tree.
 
Had I just taken time to look
Beyond that tree’s position,
I might have seen that I was wrong
About its true condition.
 
I realized, then, how quick I am
To judge on what I see,
Not just in trees upon the ground
But people that I meet.
 
There’s often more than meets the eye;
Deep inside, there’s a heart.
And I’d be much less quick to judge
If that’s where I would start.
 
“People judge by outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 NLT
Lisa DeVinney, April 2013

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