God is the one who never ever gives up on you. God says “let it be” and I will water, prune, and give everything that is necessary for flourishing. This story is a great reminder that as we journey the Landscapes of Lent, we are not alone. God is with us. God will never leave us. God makes a way for us. God will lead us through the fog. God wills our growth even when we do not. The world says “cut it down” but God says “let it be” and I will be the gardener of your soul.