The Leaning Tree

Our neighbors had a large spruce tree in their yard. Last year they dug up the tree and moved it to another place in their yard. The men who moved the tree dug a very large hole and tried to set the tree firmly in the hole. But soon after the tree was replanted, we had some very strong winds. The tree started to lean and did not stand straight any more.
Finally my neighbors decided to attach ropes to the trunk of the tree. Then they fastened these ropes to stakes in the ground. Why did the tree start to lean? Because the winds blew before the tree’s roots were firmly planted in the ground. The tree had no support system to hold it straight.
Sometimes people are like that tree. They do not have a strong faith. These people do not read their Bibles, pray or obey God’s commands. Problems happen in their lives. These problems are like the winds blowing the tree. Because these people do not have a strong relationship with God, they move away from God. I hope that your Christian life is like a tree that stands tall and straight.