There is no real sense of taking time or slowing down becuase there are so many paths to take.
You see the branches are so barren and naked from an earlier time which has passed by. The elements of nature have stripped them of that which brings us shade from summer and beautiful colors of the fall. Instead we see what most would say are just limbs and branches which is true. But there is so much more to these bent, straight or pertruding lines going nowhere but everywhere. There will be life once again coming forth from these braches, if we are willing to wait and see. One day when we arise buds will have formed, then leaves appear and flowers too! The many directions will have still remained.
So let us take time to expereince lent in the barreness of schedules or busy activities which drain,strain and offers many paths. Seek time in listening for God in the now becuase this day and time passes quickly. Yes, the season will change, however God is on the journey with us the entire time.
Peace Be with You