The Arborist Story – Take 3 – Cutting Those Trees

I am glad you stopped by. If you read yesterday’s blog, you read that I almost had my arm taken off by my own stupid decision. Cutting those trees was serious business – more serious than I realized. Pay professionals, folks.

Now that we had determined wrapping a rope around my arm to try and lower a huge weight down is not the smartest idea, we quickly moved on from there. I thanked the Lord for the rope not doing big damage to my body.

From that point on, if I hung on to the rope, it was with both hands and should the weight be too much, the rope would be released in an instance. This worked much better for what we were trying to do and it saved my limbs.

My neighbor continued to make his way up the tree with the chainsaw, in a very slow and determined fashion.

The sun was a scorcher that day. As each hour passed, the thrill of chopping off the very top of the tree was within reach. The moment was drawing closer with each cut.

Best made plans.

The plan was for my neighbor to cut off the top of the tree and start making his way back down. That was the plan, and it was a good plan. After all, what could possibly go wrong now? We had been at this for hours with minor hiccups.

By this time, another neighbor came over and helped me drag tree limbs into the pile which was getting quite large.

I imagine the surrounding neighbors were getting pretty tired of listening to a chainsaw. After all, we had been going at it for hours, and we still had a ways to go on tree number one. This didn’t include tree number two. Due to time, tree two would have to wait for another day.

Remember the other day I mentioned that these two trees were situated at the back of the property line? The yard was fenced in. Along this fence line, ran the power, telephone and cable lines. Now, you might be asking yourself right about now – “Why is she telling me all this?” Stay with me, and keep these details in your head.

My neighbor reached the top of the first tree at last! This was the moment we had waited for all day. It had finally arrived. It was so exciting.

With great excitement, he cut off a small branch. This small branch fell and landed on top of the power line, like a pair of tennis shoes we so often see dangling. Unfortunately, unlike a pair of tennis hoes, it landed on the hot power line.

Poof!! Fire!! There’s a fire!!!!

The branch landed on the power line and caught on fire. What does one do when they see fire?

My tree trimmer yelled for help from atop the tree and watched in fear. What had he done?

I ran into the house, grabbed my phone, and immediately called the fire department.

What else does one do when they see fire?

My other neighbor ran and got the water hose.

What two things don’t mix well together?

Yep, you bet – water and fire on a hot power line!

Stay with me tomorrow when I tell you what the fire department had to say. Wisdom was lacking that day.

In the meantime, take a look at this passage from Proverbs, Chapter 4, verses 10-13, “Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold onto instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.”

If only I had read those verses before cutting those trees. Lord, it would have saved me a lot of trouble. Lord, I value the verses on wisdom now and believe them fully. Thank you for the wisdom you have given me. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

In His Service


The Arborist Story – Take 2

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