|Two tree burls next to each other|
|Inside of a tree burl|
Somewhere along the line I watched a television program about a guy who creates one-of-a-kind bowls and centerpieces out of tree burls. His finished products were exquisite. He pointed out the spiraling, the knotting, the twisting and the gnarling of the wood grain inside these burls that is responsible for the intricate patterns and colors that cannot be found anywhere else.
What causes these burls, or abnormal growths, on trees? Some think that fungus or insects can stress the tree enough to cause the disruption in growth, others think it comes from injury to the tree, while still other theories lean toward genetics and environmental pollution.
|A pearl growing inside an oyster|
Just imagine the number of these healing miracles that are happening on Planet Earth right at this moment. We can't hear them and we can't see them, but they are near us and are everywhere. If we want to find them and be aware of them, all we have to do is look for the things with flaws and defects.
"I think miracles exist
in part as gifts
and in part as clues
that there is something beyond
the flat world we see."