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Last summer I was with my family up above 12,000 feet in the mountains near Breckenridge, Colorado.  We had ridden our four-wheelers up the trail and found ourselves above the tree line yet staring at a tree that looked like it had been there for a hundred years.  Where no other trees stood, this particular tree leaned over, swept by the wind and storms.  It looked tired, but strong.  It turns out that this particular species of tree is the only tree that grows above the tree line and the tree we were looking at was indeed several hundred years old.  It has stood through time, day after day, through storm after storm.

My family rode on down the trail, but I sat there on my four-wheeler and wondered how much longer the tree would stand.  How much more wind and how many more storms would it stand against?  This was not a tree that was beautiful, full and tall.  It was bent over, beat up, and rough looking.

All of us face storms in our lives.  Those storms may be financial challenges, issues with our kids, or problems at work.  Years from now, will you still be standing?  Will you have withstood the windy days filled with daily challenges and the storms of life that seem to continually test our faith and resources?

It is during the storms of life that we typically seek the help that faith in God provides.  Our faith is the root system that holds our lives together even though we may look bent over, beat up, and rough.  The Bible says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” James 1:2-4

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