by Jonny 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
Hard times are nothing new to anyone living here on this earth. The thing is, no matter how undeserving we feel of the trials thrown at us almost daily, they are given to us by loving Father. A Father who hates to see us suffer, but who also knows that unless we do we will never grow to the potential He knows we can reach. Without trying times, there is no need or means for us to grow. It's those trials that help us to realize just how strong we are. Just like the oak tree who had everything stripped from him before realizing his true strength, we to must push ourselves to our very limits in order to see just how far we've come.