Thursday, May 19, 2011

Storms of Life

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.

I heard this poem the other day it reminded me of when I was serving in Murray Kentucky during some big wind storms. The wind blew so many trees over.

How can we stay strong in the winds of life?

And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. Helaman 5:12

I know if we build upon Christ and have Him be the foundation in our life I know that we will be able to stand strong. It doesn’t mean our lives will be easy but we will be able to make it through even in the hardest time.

I know that you can find peace and comfort in this life. You can make it through these challenges. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ will bring you peace in your life.

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