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.
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.
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.
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.
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