Monday, January 28, 2013

My grandpa Budd says I'm like a Mighty Oak Tree.  And because he says so, I want to be so.

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."

In reading about oak trees, I discovered that this particular variety of tree is possibly more susceptible to being struck by lightening, earning this description:  "Beware the oak; it draws the stroke".
Oak trees have very deep central roots that extend far down beneath the tree. These roots are hollow and are filled with water cells.  Because of these two qualities, oaks are better GROUNDED and more CONDUCTIVE than trees with shallow roots and closed cells. 

Also noted, however, the oak was much more likely to survive a lightening strike compared to other varieties.  

Mighty Oak = me

Susceptible to blazing, white hot trials.
Deeply rooted.
Filled with living water.

So, with that explanation, I can safely say, "What doesn't kill me, will make me stronger." 
I can overcome trials.  I can fill myself with the living water of my Savior. I can be grounded. I can be conductive and be a conduit for the Spirit. And I most certainly can survive.  

No where have I read that it won't hurt.  Lucky for me I have a grove of mighty oaks around me to strengthen, protect and comfort me.  Among those...Mom and Grandpa Budd.

And now for a pep talk...

"This is life people, you got air comin' through your nose, you got a heart beat.  That means it's time to do somethin'".  ~Kid President

"Not cool, Robert Frost!" ~Kid President

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