Deep in a forest, with life that grew in abundance, there was a young oak. This oak was no longer a sapling but it was yet to be a tall, solid, beacon of strength that oaks are recognized for. It was growing at a pace that seemed to be noticeable by the day, but from the young oak's perspective it would take forever to be as tall as he felt he should be. When it was a sapling it sometimes doubted if it would ever become strong and stable like the older oaks around him. He thought to himself during turbulant weather, "Will I ever stop bending underneath the wind? Will I ever be able to see above the storm?"
One storm in particular came on fiercely and lasted for many days only to become a brutal whipping of wind and rain. The young oak worried. What if he were uprooted and overturned? What if he were broken by the storm?
But the Creator had planned for this day. Long long ago the Creator planted two trees not too far from one another. They had grown tall and strong and wise and righteous. These two oaks could weather the most devastating storms and seasons. The Creator had also planned that much later in time, a young oak would grow perfectly between the two big oaks.
In that brutal storm, the young oak began to lose hope, he couldn't imagine that he would make it through. But the young oak was wrong.
The two oaks were close enough to the young oak that their roots became anchors for his, so that he was never overturned. Without realizing it the young oak was kept upright and planted firmly and deeply because of the roots that the Creator had grown so long ago in the two wise oaks.
Those oaks of righteousness stood strong during the fierce storm and when the young oak was bent and rattled to and fro, those oaks nearly seemed to lean in. They became walls of support for the the young oak to lean on, so that he was never broken--only bent during the heavy rains.
Finally the rain cleared and the wind settled. Because of the support of the wise and righteous oaks, the young oak survived. And not only had he survived, but he had grown! He was sure that this storm would have been the end of him, that growing was the least of his concerns. But while the older oaks stood as anchors the Creator grew him and he became stronger than what he ever would have imagined.
And the young oak looked to his left and looked to his right; he saw the wise and righteous oaks and he remembered his Creator.
He remembered that the Creator had a plan, that he was loved.
And he knew it because the Creator saw to it to plant him there with these two oaks on either side of him.
Happy Father's Day to our oaks of righteousness. We survived the storm because of your support, but more importantly we grew and we were reminded that all these things came at the loving hand of our Creator.