In the dead of winter, a young man was told by his father to fetch some firewood. When he got to the wood box outside, he found it empty. Not wanting to disappoint his father, we went looking about their farmstead and found a tree that looked quite dead and he sawed it down and chopped it up.
In the spring, to his dismay, he found new shoots had sprouted from the trunk of the tree that he had cut down. He confessed to his father, “I thought sure it was dead; the leaves had dropped, the twigs snapped, it seemed as if there was no life there.”
The father, wanting the boy to learn a lesson, told his son, “Never cut down a tree in the wintertime. It may look dead, but there may still life at the taproot. There are many things in life that may seem dead or hopeless, but still has life in it. Don’t give up on it. Never make a negative decision in a low time. Wait. Be patient. The spring will come and reveal all.”
via Broadway church of Christ