Bonsai is an ancient method of stunting a tree’s growth without killing it. This art form of dwarfing and misshaping a living organism requires much skill and patience. A few years ago the most disfigured trees were sought out by collectors; miniature versions of the original specimen are in vogue now. Let me tell you how it’s done.
The first thing you have to do is to choose which tree you’d like to have. Once that decision is made, you must search out the best specimen of that chosen variety. Now dig around the trunk of the tree until you find the primary root. The primary root is the one that goes the deepest and is the main part of the root system. Remove all debris from the root ball to completely expose the primary root, take a very sturdy and sharp knife and sever that root. The tree will suffer shock when this is done.
To keep it from dying make sure to leave it in its location until it adjusts to the trauma of being cut off from its lifeline. The tree will slowly get used to this condition and will establish shallower roots. These shallow roots will be easier to cut when the tree is to be moved. Depending on the specimen this process may take anywhere from 1-3 years. When the tree is finally dug up and put into a container, the root system and limbs must be bound up with mesh wire. The wire can’t be too tight or the bark will grow around the wire and harm or kill the tree. Looser fitting wire allows the tree to grow within the bounds set and it can now be trained to grow into any desired shape. This takes from a few months to a year, depending on the specimen. But even the mighty oak can be made into a bonsai.
It’s sad to think that we are able to manipulate God’s original plan to suit our own purposes. In our effort to collect and admire a beautiful and powerful creation, we produce a warped and stunted imitation instead. Do you know what is even sadder? We are able to do the same thing to one another. There are thousands of individuals who are stunted imitations of what God intended them to be. Slowly trained to grow into versions of their original design and purpose, they learn to live within the confines of limited expectations. Eventually adjusting to determined boundaries and a superficial existence, they may never discover their true capabilities. They have the appearance of being in full charge of their lives, but being shallowly rooted in wrong beliefs, they can’t hold up under pressure, and will likely fall apart.
Let me tell you how this is done. A word is spoken. A word is heard. A word is taken into the heart as truth and is believed. The words we hear others say about us, as well as the words we say about ourselves are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 says that the“Power of life and death is in the tongue.”The words we choose to say have the ability to build up or destroy a person’s spirit.
The spoken word is the wire which binds and stunts-often killing-human potential. Very little is said about the importance of believing only what is true. Believing what is good and true about ourselves will give us the courage to go beyond our comfort zones. Negative and degrading words limit a person’s God-given potential. Telling someone they are ugly, fat, lazy, stupid, crazy, worthless, or will never amount to anything is a sure way to stunt them. If we believe we are inadequate, we will be. If we believe we can’t accomplish something, we won’t even try. Once something establishes itself in the mind it has the ability to affect our life, for better or for worse.
The book of Matthew tells us that good people bring good things out of their hearts, and evil people bring evil things out of theirs. Therefore, it is important to keep our minds unpolluted, because what is in our hearts comes out of our mouths. God will hold us accountable for every careless word we have spoken. Others may have wrapped a wire around you with the terrible things they have said about you. Believing the lies tightens the wire, making emotional and spiritual maturity almost impossible. Believing the lies will affect your relationships.
The good news is that you don’t have to remain restrained. Pick up a bible, read what God Himself says about you—His opinion is the only one that counts. Here is a snapshot of some of the things you will discover when you seek the truth. God says…You are valuable. You are loved. You can not fail with His guidance and help. Each of us has been equipped with talents, skills and abilities to fulfill a unique purpose.
You weren’t meant to be a bonsai; there are no limitations with God. You can be the mighty oak God meant you to be—if you put your faith in the truth. Believe the truth—it will set you free.