September 2012 - Vol.  62

From Seed to Tree

A collaboration between writer Amin Kurani and artist Jamie Treadwell

I remember being told about a man from a certain village, who planted trees in the late season of his life. He knew that the trees would only grow fully after he died. Nevertheless, he planted because he wanted to give his children a worthy inheritance.

I was struck by the man’s foresight. He probably planted the trees with extra care because he knew their main purpose. I was also struck by the simplicity of his actions. It is not that hard to plant a tree. I have done it. A decent hole patted over with soil will often do. No one digs a mile-deep crater because they want a bigger tree.

There’s lessons here which I want to apply in my life. First of all, my actions are more significant than I can guess at present. I can help someone even though they might not appreciate it at the time. Secondly, I can realize how important “small” acts are, like spending time with another person.

The painting “Wisdom Tree” speaks to me of these lessons. If the tree is strong and its roots clench the rich red earth, it is thanks to someone who sowed a seed once upon a time.

*The Wisdom Tree by Jamie Treadwell is available as a limited-edition print. Visit

Amin Kurani completed his Masters in English Literature in 2012 from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He is a member of the People of God community in Beirut, Lebanon.
Jamie Treadwell is a life coach, and a noted artist who works in pastels, watercolors and acrylics. He is a member of The Servants of the Word, an ecumenical lay missionary brotherhood of men living single for the Lord, and mission leader in the Sword of the Spirit. He is currently based in London, UK. Visit his art website to see more of his work.].
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