The Oak Tree
by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr.
A mighty wind blew night and day.
It stole the Oak Tree's leaves away.
Then snapped its boughs
and pulled its bark
until the Oak was tired and stark.
But still the Oak Tree held its ground
while other trees fell all around.
The weary wind gave up and spoke,
"How can you still be standing Oak?"
The Oak Tree said, I know that you
can break each branch of mine in two,
carry every leaf away,
shake my limbs and make me sway.
But I have roots stretched in the earth,
growing stronger since my birth.
You'll never touch them, for you see
they are the deepest part of me.
Until today, I wasn't sure
of just how much I could endure.
But now I've found with thanks to you,
I'm stronger than I ever knew.
A few years ago Elder Scott shared this poem. I liked it! Sometimes we don't exactly know what kind of trials we can endure until they actually happen.
Not meaning that we're just ready to go! I am sure it took time for the Oak tree's roots to grow deep. Day by day we find our roots growing deeper if that's what we're focusing on. The small and simple things count! And we'll see the result when the wind blows and it feels like we have nothing left but the roots of our soul.
Just some thoughts.