The Contrast/The Choice

Today I saw what I think is an oak tree. Underneath were a number of brown mushrooms.

“Here today, gone tomorrow”

The stark contrast between oaks and mushrooms has often elicited comments. Mushrooms grow at an impressive rate, then after a few days disappear.


Oaks take their time, but what results is something truly solid, with deep, abiding roots.

The first psalm describes the individual of integrity who meditates daily on God’s word. Such a person is “like a tree firmly planted.” In contrast, the wicked “are like chaff which the wind drives away” (Psalm 1:3, 4).

Making a choice we can live with

Oaks and mushrooms have no choice. But we do. We choose our character, and in choosing that, our destiny.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB:

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