Pruning for Safety of Others

This morning I was blessed to work on trimming fruit trees in Beth’s yard.  There is a hurricane coming with expected wind gusts from 50-60mph and driving rain overnight.  Today it is very overcast, allowing me to work here in a Mississippi August without the sweltering heat. There are many low-lying dead limbs that are at eye level and dangerous for the man on the mower.  My goal is to eliminate the hazard of a poke in the eye. 

It’s obvious the trees have not been pruned in years, which leads to too many crowded branches and leaves. These hold water and moisture in the wrong place for the tree, but the right place for lichen.

 I notice that there are many lichens on the tree limbs, and many limbs just break off at my touch, indicating the death of the limb. 

Later I look up the delicate and beautifully tiny Lichens, which are a “combination of fungi and blue-green algae that live and work together to harness the needs of the organism.” Although this covering looks bad for the tree, it is not parasitic but is often found on weak or dying trees. Even in the death of a tree, some life is provided.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV