Are you like a hollow tree?
Every time I see a hollow tree while hiking through the woods I always knock on it in hopes of seeing some sleepy animal coming out to greet me. There have been a few occasions where my habitual knocking have produced something wild, like the time I found a nest of baby raccoons and the time a swarm of angry bees erupted from the cavity. It’s not always a good experience initially, but the mystery of the tree’s cavity always gets the best of me.
A rotting of the heartwood in the tree typically causes hollows in trees. This can occur as a result of stress brought on by disease, lightening strikes, fungi, bacteria and a slew of other agitators. The emptiness in these trees weakens them and can lead to their death if the cavity is great enough. The integrity of the tree is compromised because the strength of the tree lies in its core. The rotted heartwood negates its structural integrity making it susceptible to breaking during storms. We can use this as an obvious parallel if we allow the stress of this world to cause emptiness in us. When we are stressed out and we allow emptiness to consume us, any number of things can fill the void.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” As believers in Christ, we are called to guard our hearts because that is where Jesus takes residence as we believe in Him. Our heart is the wellspring of our lives and out of the excess of our heart we will speak as scripture says. As believers we can fill our emptiness with the love of Christ because He is more than enough to satisfy our every need! Are you like a hollow tree?
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