The Littlest Branch~ By Nancy Strine
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. - Isaiah 11:1
Right now, I'm a little twig, you see. I'm hidden deep inside a big pine tree. Can hardly do much, I'm tiny and thin. I hardly fill the space that I'm in. Other large branches look very dignified. Am I really too small to be here inside? So, I make excuses that I don't need much-- a little sun, wind, rain, and such.
One day, the tree shakes; the branches are quiet and unable to say what's causing the riot. I hear a great thud as the tree hits the ground; its trunk in splinters and branches strewn 'round. Cautions and nervous, I peek at the sight; and then, the whole tree is hoisted upright. Jostles and carried, big branches cry out. I'm really afraid and unable to shout.
The journey is short and suddenly ceases. At this point, my fear greatly increases. Being small, I hope, will decrease the chances of being cut away like much bigger branches. "You might be next," is what they all say. I tremble as some big ones are carried away. The trunk is still reeling as it finds itself braced by the hard metal rods of a rounded tree base.
All hope to fade; but then, there's a light-- not, now there's another-- all colored and bright!
A box is put down on the floor close to me with bright, fancy ornaments to hang on the tree.
A beautiful bird's nest just
By placing a bird's nest in just such a way, many blessings will follow-- or so legends say.
The little bird inside is quiet and small; it doesn't chirp or make noises at all.
But I feel so happy that it now is at rest. Inside the tree on my little chest.
Thus, I'm reminded that though I am small, I have a great purpose and value to all.
God loves us and gives us all worth. We're reminded of this as we celebrate Christ's birth!