The Bio-Dome Lesson
There was a great experiment done in the early 1980's in the American desert, called THE BIO-DOME. It was an exercise in attempting to create the "perfect" living environment for human, plant, and animal life.
A huge glass dome was constructed and an artificial "controlled" environment was created with purified air, water, filtered light, etc, offering the perfect growing conditions for trees, fruits and vegetables ...and humans.
People lived in the Bio-dome for many months at a time and it was wonderful because everything seemed to do well, with one exception. When the trees that had been planted there grew to be a certain height, they would simply topple over.
It baffled scientists for the longest time, until one day they realized the one natural element they had forgotten to recreate in the Bio-dome: Wind! Trees need wind to blow against them, which in turn causes their root systems to grow deeper into the soil, which in turn supports the trees as they grow taller!
What a great lesson from nature we can take from the Bio-dome experiment! Who among us doesn't long for our own "perfect growing environment' with no disruptions from outside influences? We strive to avoid the times of strife and tension - those times when the challenges of daily life push against us - and when they do, our normal tendency is to push back against them, even curse them.
Well, don't be "normal," be "natural!" If the trees could talk, I wonder if we would hear them curse the wind each time they encountered a storm? I doubt it very much. More likely, I believe, we would hear them thank the wind for assisting them in deepening their root system, enabling them to grow stronger and taller. That's nature's wisdom at work.
We can learn a lot from the nature of a tree if we are open the lesson. Watch how a tree bends and sways gracefully when the wind blows against it. It does not stand rigid, resisting the flow of energy. It does not push back. The tree quietly accepts the strong wind as a blessing which helps it grow. Like a tree, we too need "the winds of strife" pushing against us, strengthening us. In those times we can think of God as "the soil" ...the essential foundation upon which we grow our lives.
He gives us the energy we need to grow strong, if we feed on Him, if we hang on tight, flowing with the difficulties of life, accepting them as His way of helping us learn to stand tall. Then we can view the challenges in our lives as blessings. This is why God asks us to "Give thanks in All Things." He knows our needs and allows only the winds that will help us grow strong.
Be flexible, give thanks, grow deep, and you will someday stand tall and upright.
MINDFULNESS PRACTICE FOR TODAY: Take a look at any challenges - those times of challenge you may currently have "blowing as gale force winds" in your life and give thanks for them. See them as the wind...and yourself as a tree. Then turn to the Source and deepen your roots into the Truth. That's when our "taproot" draws its life force from the Creator.
There is no such thing here on earth, now, as a perfect life.