The troubles of the young are soon over; they leave no external mark. If you wound the tree in its youth the bark will quickly cover the gash; but when the tree is very old, peeling the bark off, and looking carefully, you will see the scar there still. All that is buried is not dead. (Olive Schreiner quote)
Who was Olive Schreiner? She was a South American author; living from 1855-1920. Olive seemed to have an innate sense of people and their experiences.
Have you ever planted a young tree; carefully digging the right size hole, preparing the soil, tamping the dirt when the tree was planted and giving the new tree plenty of water? Did you place two poles next to the tree and stake the tree with ropes; preventing the tree from falling over in any winds or storms? Soon the tree starts to grow and we get busy with our lives. After several months, if we don’t check on the stakes and ropes, the rope can actually grow into the tree bark which damages the tree.
When we are young, we think we have the “Plan”. We finish schooling, start work in the workplace, sometimes, get married and start a family. We have relationships with so many people. Our immediate family, our married-into family, our children, co-workers, church members and so on. We can experience grief or sadness over losses in our lives, we can be disappointed with our world, and we can fail; or at least have a sense of failure. We all felt some of these feelings; grief, sadness, disappointment and pain. If we look to Jesus in worship and look to Him and not our circumstances, wounds heal; even old wounds.
Psalm 52: 8-9 says: But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise You forever, Because You have done it; And in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good
Psalm 52 says God has done IT! The job’s complete; the wounds are healed. It is so good to wait on God because He promises to bring good out of every situation. Don’t be like the young in Olive Schreiner’s saying. Look carefully – all that’s buried is not dead! Jesus proved that on the cross. God will heal us and He loves us with a Father’s love; scars and all