Long ago shipbuilders would select a tree at the top of a hill for the mast of military and merchant ships. All the surrounding trees were brought down in a effort to strengthen the chosen one with gusts of wind and storms. The tree would grow stronger as years went by until it was ready to be the foremast of a ship.
Such is the life of a person of faith. We can topple under temptation and trials or dig our roots down deep so we can stand strong against any storm. The storms will happen, what we do in them is our choice.