A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
There is a story of an old giant fallen tree in the forest of the Colorado slopes. Experts say this tree is about 400 years old. In its lifetime, with its thick foliage, standing tall and immovable, this tree survived numerous lightnings, countless avalanches, so many storms. In the end, the tree was eaten by a tiny beetle.
Swarms of beetles nibble on the bark eating its way through the centre of the tree. And so a big gigantic tree surviving 400 years against the forces of nature could not stand against a small beetle. How big is the beetle? It can be pinched into powder with a gentle squeeze between your thumb and forefinger.
Man in his anxiously weary struggle and toil is like the giant tree eaten and put down by a small beetle. Once you let it get into your inner being, you cannot withstand its destructive force no matter how strong and tall you claim to be.
What is your small beetle? What dries up your spirit? Are you feeling strong and tall? Is your size rooted in wealth, fame, popularity, education or any symbol by which the world defines success? Are you tired of struggling to maintain an image of grandeur when inside is the small bug of discontentment? envy? bitterness? vanity? Struggle no longer. Search inside. Look upward. Listen to the One who loves you. Turn your eyes on Jesus.
Jesus said: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28