“The tree is an amazing thing. An amazing thing about the tree is that the lower it gets, the closer you get to the base of the tree, the stronger it gets. The top of the tree bends in the wind. It’s flexible. As storms come, it may break off branches and it may blow its leaves away, but in the end, the trunk is strong. It’s something that is stable.
An amazing thing about the storms is that when the wind blows through the tree, it actually pulls on the root system ever so slightly and you know what’s happening to that tree? It’s getting a workout. It’s actually getting stronger. As the tree endures a storm it is actually getting a stronger root system, and a stronger trunk, and that is you.” Bobby Schuller
I enjoy reading the daily email news letters I receive. This particular news letter. “A Positive Minute from Bobby Schuller” touched me as I read it.
We all go through trials and tribulations in life and every once in a while we read a passage that makes sense to us and we stop and say to ourselves, “Wow, I never thought of it that way!”.
Isn’t it true, how the tree can wave about in a storm, with branches bouncing back and forth, leaves falling away to the ground, yet in most cases this great tree withstands all that wind and turmoil. That old stump of the tree stays firm in the ground most times with the roots holding firm and getting their workout. They do become stronger!
This lovely comparison was very comforting to read as my mind equates the situations I’ve been through in my life to that grand old tree! It is true! Each time we face a problem we somehow weather the storm, we, for the moment, lose a bit of ourselves in grieving and tears but eventually we come back just as strong if not stronger than before.
Oh, of course everything isn’t that simple and in some cases, some will say. ‘they don’t recover from their troubles’, and this is true, some don’t; however, for me, I want to keep that vision of the old tree with its strong roots planted firmly in the ground, holding me up, not letting me fall! If only we could all keep that vision in our minds!!
I will call it “my stump of faith in a storm”!!!
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