Endure the Storm

I missed my 35th high school reunion. A high school classmate tracked me down on social media to find out what I was doing. She ended her message with these words: “I’m wheelchair bound now. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is winning.” On the same day, I was traveling with a friend to an event in North Carolina. We had just arrived at Fort Caswell Baptist Assembly right on the Atlantic Ocean. We rounded a bend and a tree captivated my attention. I asked my friend to take a picture of the tree because it told a story.

It was easy to see the plant had weathered storm upon storm. Undoubtedly hurricane-force winds tried time and time again to uproot the tree. Yet she stood firm. Although you can clearly observe the effects of sustained assaults, the tree refused to relinquish her place.

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