• Abigail Ann

People Remind Me of Trees

Updated: Sep 29

Staring at the trees and looking at each of the leaves makes me appreciate them so much. When I look at the trees, I imagine the time it would take to paint each and every leaf. As an artist, I take note of where the light source is coming from. Making sure the entire tree has the right shading is very important. Everything that goes into painting a wooded area makes me reflect on God. I believe He created everything in such detail to inspire us.

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I often point out a beautiful tree to a friend. They'll look for a second and just keep going with whatever they were doing. I wonder if they're just too caught up to really understand the depth of why I think it's pretty? I stay quiet and look out at the trees, wishing I could hide in the woods and paint. Honestly, hiding in the woods and only talking to God sounds like a dream. It sounds dramatic, but I've found myself desiring more alone time with God, to be out in nature and in my zone. This is my happy place! This is where He speaks to me! When I think about the detail of everything in our world, I instantly think about relating it to people. Here's how...

People have so much depth and I think most of the time we're not even aware of it. I was chatting about love languages with a couple friends and it was so cool learning what their love languages are and what their personality types are. We talked about how to make relationships last and how to know the signs when they should have ended forever ago.

I think sometimes we overlook the depth because we’re so focused on looking at the surface.

"Wow, they look like they have their whole life together already."

"How are they already married?"

"How do they already have a house and a family and a degree?"

We compare ourselves to a surface version of people, when we don't even know the whole story.

Maybe we've watched them through the lens of social media for a while, thinking we've figure them out. Social media is just a highlight reel. This is an entirely different topic that I'll dive into another day. Are you starting to see what I'm talking about?

That perfect tree you think might be strong and beautiful may actually be infested with termites on the inside. That girl you think has it all together may be in the midst of physical abuse and you have no idea because you're judging her ability to look like she has it all together.

Think of the plant that looks like all hope is lost and it's already dead. What you can't see is the little bit of moisture still inside its roots. Progress is progress no matter how slow.

Don't give up on your journey because it looks bleak or it looks different, life has it's seasons, it's all about having the tools to handle the winters, they're going to come regardless.

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I saw a quote a friend of mine posted, “All of us are just a hot mess, some of us are just better at hiding it than others.” I love this. We need to love everyone where they’re at. We need to learn what’s actually going on in their life. Ask people their life story. Allow others the opportunity to be open and share into the depth of who they truly are and what they're going through. If were looking through the lens of social media, we only see what people are willing to share. There is so much more depth to a person than what’s on the outside.

Take a moment to stare at the trees. Let them remind you to take the extra time to find out what's truly going on, on the inside. Whether it’s to find a way to help a friend with something, encourage them, or just give them a space to share what’s really going on. Trees can be a great reminder that we are all in this together and none of us really have it all together anyways.

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