I happened to visit a bonsai farm.
Since I had no knowledge about bonsai, I was surprised at the prices of bonsais, and then at the period of time that was invested to take care of them; several decades were common and some were taken care of more than a hundred years. They had grown, overcoming natural disasters such as storms, scorching heat, and cold; and some of them even survived the Korean War.
After I learned how much effort the owner made to look after the trees that live longer than humans, bonsais seemed to be far more precious.
At that moment, the owner, who scanned a tree with a pleased look on his face, saying that it took years for the tree to grow one centimeter [0.4 inch], suddenly he became serious and cut off its two branches.
I was shocked. I could not understand his action because it seemed to be contrary to what I was told until then. I asked him why. The owner answered that he had to cut off the two branches because they were growing to wrong directions and would break the whole balance. He said that he tried to fix them but he couldn’t.
Although the bonsai was valuable, its branches which disharmonized the tree’s whole shape were cut off and thrown into a dustbin. Seeing that, I was afraid, thinking,
‘Although I am in Zion (WMSCOG), I might as well fall away from heaven in the end if I do not follow the will of God and fail to be united with brothers and sisters.’
My faith is weak, which could’ve caused me to fall already, but God is giving me time to change, and waiting for me patiently until I become complete. For this, I give thanks to God Elohim once again.
DY Oh from Korea