A Tree In The Road

By Joseph J. Mazzella • January 5, 2021

The mountains where I live are full of turning, twisting, narrow, curvy roads. I was driving down one of those roads last Spring. Days of on and off rain had made the ground muddy and hillsides mushy. As I rounded a curve I saw that the weakened soil had released a tree on the hill by the road. It was now laying on the asphalt blocking my lane. I hit the brakes and slowly drove around it. Then I stopped. I knew it was only a matter of time before someone driving faster than I was would crash into that tree.

I got out of my car and tried to pull the tree into the ditch but it was much too big and heavy. I didn’t know what to do but God in His wisdom and humor had other plans. Thirty seconds later a white pickup truck appeared and pulled over. Out stepped a bearded young man. “You need a chainsaw?”, he asked. I said, “Yes!” and he pulled one out of the back of his truck. For the next few minutes he cut the tree into movable chunks while I carried them across the road and dumped them over the guardrail on the other side. “You never know when you will need a chainsaw.”, I joked while my new found friend smiled and put his saw back in the truck. I waved goodbye and watched him drive off before heading back to my own car.

As I drove away I pondered how God had put us both in just the right spot at just the right time. I felt happy knowing that I was able to help prevent an accident and sent a joyful “Thank You!” to God as the rain finally stopped and the sun broke through the clouds.

In this life you never know when you will need a chainsaw. You do know, however, when you will need a kind and loving heart. And that is each and every day. God is always seeking our help to make this world a better, safer, and more loving place. It is up to us to answer the call. Open your heart then. Be ready, willing, and able. Fill your life with a million acts of kindness. Fill your days with countless moments of love. Help God to help this world today, tomorrow, and forever!


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