We had some sweet gum trees removed from our property today. When I saw this one, it was apparent that it originated as not one, but two trees. At some point, the two became one.
“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (The words of Jesus as recorded in Mark 10.)
From the outside, it looked like one tree. On the inside, there was a line of bark delineating where the two trees used to be separate. This picture of a tree is a picture of marriage. Though we begin completely separate lives, we are united by God in a way that we become inseparable.