There was a woman holding a cauldron containing many years of turbulent trials and tribulations. She would be awakened in the middle of the night by interruptions from her sleep causing her to be riddled with anxiousness and fear. Every morning she walked to her window looking out at a young oak tree growing in her yard that has now matured gracefully.
She would peer out that window and watch the resilience of this tree whether it was budding in the spring, flourishing in the summer, shedding its leaves in the fall or enduring the weight of ice coating every branch during the winter.
This lady felt drawn to looking at this tree practically every day, regardless of what season it was in. Perhaps this gave her some sense of solace or perhaps some form of inspiration. She really didn’t know why. But, one day while she was grappling with her challenges that only seemed to multiply instead of subsiding, she unknowingly stood staring outside at this oak tree and wondered how it endured and grew resilient in spite of the elements that challenged its wellbeing.
She sat down and thought about her life’s challenges and what a rollercoaster ride she felt she has been on through the recent years. She prayed for guidance and asked God to give her wisdom to be grateful for what she had and to focus less on those things that were out of her control. The strength and endurance this oak tree embodied through good weather and bad spoke to her spirit, and gave her a sense of peace and calm to reexamine her life.
She realized she couldn’ change the course of many things that had happened and were happening which shook, rattled and rolled in her life right now. Deep down she knew she had to readjust her attitude if she was going to thrive, survive and overcome these strongholds. Like that tree, in those seasons when it seems like it’s been attacked and left for dead, she too was just dormant and had to be strong as she waited for her tumultuous seasons to pass. Soon she would once again flourish in her appointed season and produce her fruit with courage and boldness.