My name is Lindsay. Lindsay means Linden Tree. For the longest time, I hated the meaning of my name. It wasn’t fun. it wasn’t something neat and regal. It was a tree. What’s fun about a tree? What’s majestic about a tree?
I thought nothing was.
I was wrong. Thanks to a friend of mine, I came to realize that my name had a truly prophetic significance.
Metaphorically, I’m a tree. I’m a place where people can rest and relax. I’m a good listener. I have deep roots that are supplied with fresh, living water. I am strong. I am part of a network of other trees. I am planted where I am to stay where I am. I don’t uproot easily. I’m not flippant. I grow gradually and become wiser over time.
Now, before you think I’m getting all environmentalesque on you, let me get spiritual instead.
I am a Christ-follower. I believe in God. He is the source of my existence. He is my everything.
I am tree-ish because He intended me to be this way. The traits of the tree that I described above are my character traits. Now, that I’ve accepted and embraced my treeness, I am more who I am than I’ve ever been.
I’ve spent a good portion of my life denying who God created me to be. I’ve frustrated His creation. I’m not going to do that anymore.
I am going to be the tree that He created me to be.
What’s interesting about this, is that I’ll be a founding member in a church multiplication. This “branch” of churches has a network. It’s like a forest of churches set up surrounding and within Nashville. One by one, we keep adding churches, thus strengthening our root system.
I am a place of rest, strength and wisdom within this church network.
God gave me a vision of myself as a tree. He planted me within this network of churches.
My metaphorical name grew into a full grown testimony.