Sam and I went for a hike in the National Forest yesterday. Since it was a beautiful day at a popular spot, the trail was pretty busy. We met several interesting characters along the way, but one of the most interesting was a rather old looking individual that was standing beside the path.
As we walked past the spot where he was resting, we commented about how large, strong and tall he was. I did a double take then recognized him as one Mr. Oak Tree. Sam, being the friendly guy he is, stopped and struck up a conversation. “How long have you been resting here?” he asked.
“A lifetime,” said Oak with a playful rustle.
Sam and I glanced at each other with a quizzical look of disbelief. This character had to be at least 100 years old.
I turned to Mr. Tree and suggested he might want to move along the path and see more of the world, to which he replied, “The Creator instructed me to wait here, so that’s what I’m doing.”
We stood and stared for a moment, but Oak didn’t seem to mind. As a matter of fact, I think he almost enjoyed the attention. After I took a picture, we turned and headed on down the path. Looking at Sam I commented, “Don’t you wonder what made him so big and strong?”
Oak can evidently see and hear a lot from his height because he heard me and replied with a windy, one-word sigh, “Obedience.”