St. Joseph Province

Missionaries Of Compassion

“Do as I have done” Jn 13,15


The Storms of Life

A story was told me several years ago when I was going through a trial in my own personal life. The story was about a very young tree.

The young tree faced many storms through its young life. The powerful winds, torrential rains, famine, ice, and snow would lie across its branches.

At times the young tree questioned its maker asking, “Why have you let so many storms come into my life?”

His maker whispered, “You will understand one day, stand firm, you will make it through the storms of life.” “The challenges will pass, keep this in mind.”

The tree questioned his master, “If I go through one more winter the snow will surely break my branches, if I face any more powerful wind I will surely be uprooted and moved away.”

His maker whispered, “Stand strong, dig your roots deep into the soil, you will understand someday.”

Somehow the young tree kept the positive thoughts in his mind and managed to survive and make it through even the toughest of storms.

Somehow, even in the toughest of times, when the things it went through should have broken it down, it found a way to stand firm even through the worst of storms.

As the young tree grew taller, stronger, and matured the tree realized the storms of life had made it stronger.

– Vivian Greene


Life is an admixture of joys and sorrows, pain and pleasure; struggle and ease. As someone said life is not a question of waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain. Just as the tree in this story was made stronger by the storms, facing the adversities of life with a positive view helps us stronger and stronger. The storms in your life are meant to make you better not bitter.

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