Garden Variety Faith

Compare the difference between a mighty oak tree and a quickly growing plant, such as those grown in a summer garden. An oak tree grows slowly, sends roots down deeply into the soil, and withstands powerful storms, very cold winters, and hot summers. It grows large, providing shade and part of a habitat for wildlife. After several hundred years, the oak tree can also be used for wood for building. An oak tree shows slow, methodical growth. Distinctly different is a small, garden vegetable or flower. It grows quickly and fades quickly, is unable to withstand extreme temperatures and does not produce anything once it is uprooted.