Landscape architects recognize that there are two basic types of planting – dramatic and tranquilizing.
Cactus plants are categorized as dramatic plantings. They stab the air; they rigidly resist the wind. From an “attack” position, they confront nature around them.
By contrast, the tranquilizing landscape relaxes, yields to space, breeze, and gravity. The weeping willow, the coconut palm, the Italian cypress, and the eucalyptus and cypress trees reach upward as they sway ever so delicately, sensitive to the slightest breeze. Then they bow gracefully and respectfully, bending to the wind. No wonder they survive storms that destroy rigid, brittle trees.
As the tips of the trees bend to the wind, so will we gain much more in life by learning to be flexible.
Proverbs 12:15 warns, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes.”
A foolish person is one who thinks he is right in everything he does, refusing to listen to the advice, nor tolerating the opinion of others. The rule of his life is to be inflexible, demanding his own way.
Amitai Etzioni’s book, Modern Organizations, tells the story of Henry Ford. He made an excellent car, the Model T, that dominated the market for years. He was totally product-oriented. Henry wanted to fill the world with the Model T cars.
However, when people started coming to him, and saying, “Mr. Ford, we’d like a different color car,” he remarked, “You can have any color you want as long as it is black!”
And that’s when the decline started.
“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall never get bent out of shape.”
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center