READY FOR A NEW TRADITION
A woman once told this story, and it really spoke to me, I hope it says something to you. She remembered how she hired a plumber to come out to a farm where she was restoring an old farmhouse. She didn’t know it, but he was leaving another house after fixing a broken water pipe, and it had been a long, tiring job with a lot of problems. On the way to the farm, he had a flat tire and that caused him to arrive late, losing an hour of work. Shortly after he started to work on the farmhouse his big plumbing wrench broke. And then, at the end of the day when he got ready to go home, his old, beat-up pickup truck refused to start.
So the lady had to drive him home. He sat in stony silence all the way. But upon arriving at his house, he graciously invited her in to meet his family. As they walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree. He reached up and touched the tips of the branches with both hands. When he opened the front door, it seemed that he underwent an amazing transformation. His wrinkled face broke out in a big smile as he hugged his two small children who came running to him and gave his wife a kiss.
Afterward a short visit, he walked the lady back to the car. As they passed the little tree, her curiosity got the better of her. So she asked him about what he did earlier, reaching up and touching the tips of the branches. “Oh,” he said, “that’s my trouble tree,” “What do you mean by trouble tree?” The farm lady asked. “I know I’ll always have troubles and problems on the job, it happens to all of us, But there’s one thing I make sure of, those troubles don’t belong in my house to worry my wife and the children. So that’s why I hang them up on this tree every time I come home and ask God to take care of them. Then in the morning, when I reach up to take them with me again, a funny thing happens. There aren’t as many troubles left hanging there as I hung there the night before. I guess God does take care of them.”
Not only is it a fact that many people bring their troubles home and dump them all over their spouse and kids. Some even throw them at their pets. But often, the same is true in reverse. People take their troubles from home and dump them all over their boss and coworkers. So maybe we should pick out a place near the door of our house, apartment, or workplace, and call it our “Trouble Tree.” We too may find out that during the night, God does take some of them down, so we don’t have as many the next morning. How can we believe such a thing? Listen to what St. Peter himself told us: “Let God have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” – Dr. Robert R Seyda