Not only can you determine the age of a tree by counting its rings, with close examination, the width and color of rings reveal survival of drought, fire and other situations that effected the growth of the tree. Trees add new layers of wood with each growth season; spring and summer. Sometimes the growth is slower than others based on the weather and environmental conditions. After years of enduring extreme conditions, these rings create a beautiful pattern. In fact, current decor trends prove that wood resulting from years of extreme conditions is more desirable.
I imagine, if we had growth rings, they would also expose a variation of colors, thickness and quantity of rings. Some seasons we may have grown tremendously in our faith while others not as much. Seasons of testing would be evident similar to the effects of the various fires and storms trees withstand. Each season will collectively result in the design representing our lives.
Don’t be ashamed of your growth rings. Work to establish your roots in the word of God and take pride in the rings that design your life. Evidence of survival make up a testimony that can assist others in their growth.
2Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both forever amen.