Dig Your Roots Deep

Down in the Missouri river bottoms sits a tree. It is rooted in this same spot for 300 years. There is a dirt road that runs beside it but not much else. Today I want to encourage you to dig your roots deep to stand tall.dig your roots deep poem redone

This Old Tree

My son took this photo. He often drives down that dirt road to look at the beauty of this ancient tree. He says it gives him strength, peace, and it is an excellent place to think. He told me he likes to think about what this tree has seen in its lifetime.

I remember driving by the old tree years ago. This photo and talking to my son about the history inspired my poem. I started thinking too about what a tree like this means.

The roots have to be as large as the tree digging deep into the ground to siphon water and nutrients for life. And the wood must be hard to keep it standing. But not only that this tree is still alive.

How much strength do you think it takes to stand in the middle of nowhere for 300 years? How much force do you think it takes for us to stand strong all of our life?

What does this tree speak to you? To me, it boasts of the strength it takes to make it through life. Life can be rough. I am sure you have had some times in life when you felt too weak to keep going. You couldn’t face another problem or heartache.

Dig your roots deep

I have been where you are, and I have felt like this tree. I was alone in life with my kiddos. The raging tornadoes and floods were overtaking my world. I ‘didn’t think my roots were deep enough to keep me standing, but I knew for my ‘children’s sake, I had to stand tall and strong.

I dug my roots deep just to keep standing. I have stood firm when times have been way too difficult. There were times I did not think I could face another day. And I had no idea where I would get my strength. But I stood and moved forward.

God will take you through the storm

I am a firm believer of the word of God as spoken through Jesus and his disciples. But in these times when the tunnel looks so dark, I did not lean on God. I went to church, and I listened, but I was too numb and busy trying to survive. I ‘didn’t always think of God.

God never forsook me he held me in his arms and carried me through until I could stand on my own. So God is my root just as the tree has roots.

To encourage you

I know I am writing to at least one person who has also faced dark times in their life when you feel weak and faint. I want to encourage you because I know how bleak it all feels at the time you are facing your fears.

You will stand as I did. You will dig your heels in deep and never fall because you have what it takes to do what you need to do. But most of all, when you ‘can’t feel God’s presence, he is right beside you and giving you love and a tender touch.


What you are going through will leave scars. These markings in your life are useful as a reminder of how you stood steadfast when you ‘couldn’t see clear to take another step. God will not remove the scars, but he will heal them. They will no longer be open and painful. He will mend your broken heart.a big old tree with the sun shining through

When the wind and tornadoes come to tear you down, you will continue to stand. The rain will wash away the extra baggage you ‘don’t need. Your feet will stay planted where you need them to be. All of the years and heavy storms will leave scars to remember for the rest of your life. But the scars will remind you of just how strong you were and how strong you are.

You will not fail

You may feel like giving up and falling and think you have failed. Do not let self-doubt cause you to lose faith. You may think you don’t have the strength of this tree. But I assure you that when you look back, you will see where the hand of God was on your shoulder holding you up.

So for now, when you feel weak, I want you to remember this tree, ‘it’s strong roots and how it reaches to the son for strength.

300 years

It has taken 300 years for this tree to become what it is today. It will take you time to go through your dark times. I want you to know that no matter how much time it takes to get through this storm, you will make it. When you do make it across the flood waters, do stand tall to reach the sunshine that will help you grow. At first, it will be small rays of light until one day you will see the sun shining bright in your eyes. Deep inside of your heart, you do have what it takes to face the world ahead.

I felt like this when the hard times came. I know you too can make it through because I am living proof of the strength that stands just like this tree. I have many scars and have been through many storms to wash away the old. The harshest storm I have ever faced has moved on. When I look back, I can see the hand of God and his angel’s presence in my life.

If you have an experience you want to share with us, we would love to hear. Please leave a comment in the comment section below. I am here to help with questions. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope it has inspired you and given you strength.


10 thoughts on “Dig Your Roots Deep”

  1. Very deep blog, thank you for sharing. I’m 38 years old, and I’ve never faced a major storm in my life. I thank God every night to protect my family and keep them safe. The only thing I’ll never forgive myself for is not getting my associate degree. I thought that I would be fine without a diploma, but nowadays you need a diploma for everything. I need it so I can help my husband and so I can support my family. 

    • Sam, To be 38 and never have faced a major storm in your life is a miracle. As for the associates degree, you still have time to do this. But there are many ways to earn a good living without one. I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate where I house this blog. You can make a very good income doing Affiliate Marketing. Here is the link for you to check it out. 


  2. Hi again Laura

    I just wanted to add this amazing info

    A friend of mine is a wood turner and he gave me a piece of wood to use for a chopping board in my kitchen. Awesome. Ok, so I thought It was so beautiful, that I didn’t use it and one day I picked it up to oil it and it felt warm and a little damp.

     I rang my friend and explained this to him and he said the wood was still breathing because of the age and the moisture deep inside and even though it was dry, it still let go of moisture

    Incredible- Mother Nature is prhomenal

    Thanks my friend

    • Vicki, You can add as much as you like. I love to see you here. 

      Thank you for this addition. It is so true that plants and trees of all types do breath but to continue to breathe after they are out to the ground is incredible. They are God’s creation. 

      I hope we never have to see this 300-year-old tree taken down. That would be a sad day indeed. 

  3. Hey Laura- I am blown away by this post my friend.
    I love old trees for the same reasons and I always feel them loving me back.
    So powerful, strong and filled with wisdom.
    I too have had some incredibly hard times in life and faith has always kept me strong and helped me know 100% that we are not in charge. We are merely coats on a spiritual journey and our job is to give love and kindness and a helping hand and that’s it.
    Oh and of course to be the best we can be as this is how God made us\
    You are so amazing – Thanks so much my friend

    • Vicki, thank you so so much. this old tree moved me. My son says he goes there just to sit and look at that old tree. It gives him peace. I believe this.
      There are very few who have not had hard times in life. I hope that this post will reach those who need strength. Please feel free to share with anyone who may need strength.

  4. This is a very thought provoking and inspiring post.  From what I read in the post, were you a single mom raising your children alone?  I can only imagine how difficult that can be, especially when you are facing challenges that seem impossible.  I have had my hare of “dark” experiences, and many time it was because I didn’t listen to “that Still Small Voice.”  Yet God has always pulled me out of deep waters before I drowned.   Thank You for taking time to write such an inspirational post and giving of your time to try to give helpful and hopeful words to others.


    • Robert, I thank you for stopping by to read this post. Yes, I was a single mom. The hard times I spoke of related to some horrible things all 3 of us went through. But as you say God brought us through the storms. I use these experiences to help others. 

  5. Very thought provoking blog. I am 87 and have been through many storms. Most of them I started myself. God has seen me through a lot and many times without God’s help I would not have made it. As you said I have scars that remind me of the times I brought hardship and pain on myself and my loved ones. The trouble with the scars is that now I don’t seem to be able to forgive myself for creating the problems or for not making the right decision .

    I ask God’s forgiveness’ daily and feel he has done so, but I still cannot forgive myself. I still find myself asking why did this or that – and dwell on the fact that things could have been different had I not been so selfishness and stupid.

    Sorry about the rant, but you just pushed my button. Love you site.

    • Ray, Most of my storms are from some bad choices I made, and the repercussions caused the hard times. But I also know that I made the best choice at the time even though in hindsight I could have done better. I am in a continual process of self-forgiveness. When it comes back up in my mind, I have to forgive myself again and let it go. I can’t go back and change the past.

      I have heard you say before that you can’t forgive yourself. What do you think about this? I guess you won’t forgive yourself because it is easier to continue to punish yourself for what happened a long time ago. Why you want to continue to punish yourself is something you will have to figure out.

      Life can be so very hard sometimes, and knowing what the right thing to do is not always the proper decision until after the fact.

      I believe you are a wonderful person. Even if I know what the mistakes were, I would still think highly of you because you are a Child of God, and it is no one’s job to judge you but God himself.


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