The Parable of the Hedgerow
Living in Kansas, you get to see and feel the effects of the wind on a regular basis. It is interesting to note that the effects of the wind aren’t just felt, but seen. There are single trees in the middle of a field that are bent over because the wind has blown them constantly. There are rows of trees, called hedgerows, which are all bent in the same direction due to the same cause. But there are also groups of trees that are not bent because they have stood together and have been able to withstand the wind. The more the trees, the more the strength.
The wind is the adversary. One tree is you! Which tree do you want to be? The one standing alone in the field because you feel that you can do it all by yourself? The tree that stands with a few friends in a row trying to resist the wind and failing to do so? Or would you prefer to be the tree safely standing in the cluster that your family, ward, and stake can become to you? I pray that we all try to be the last type of tree so that we are able to withstand together the temptations and misfortunes that will befall us in our lives. Our families, wards and stakes create a protection far beyond that of just ourselves or a few friends. Cling to your family, ward and stake. Choose a Zion attitude and help build the Lord’s Kingdom!
Related Scriptures: Exodus 15:10, Alma 26:6, Alma 37:15, Helaman 5:12, Mormon 5:16&18, D&C 90:5, Psalm 106:47, Matthew 18:19-20, Ephesians 1:10-12, 2 Nephi 29:14, D&C 101:22.