If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be. (Ecclesiastes 11:3)
An expected happening or a natural result of a situation can be described by saying, “As a tree falls, so shall it lay.” Another similar saying would be, “The apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree.”
When a tree falls, its end is final. It’s not going to prop itself back up.
The same analogy applies in our lives. The Bible often compares trees to people. We can devise many things to manipulate the direction of our lives, and to say to ourselves, “there is still time,” but once we die, the chance for repentance is gone (Revelation 22:11).