A few weeks ago we had a serious storm: ice and wind. This is one of several trees damaged in our area.
I have noticed this tree countless times over the last dozen years on my way to our favorite barbeque spot. What I thought I saw was a mature, strong, hardwood with deep roots and a solid core. The storm revealed something quite different. Without a core, the tree could not stand the stress of that storm and it fell apart.
That is a metaphor that can apply to people, marriages, families, businesses, and other organizations. They look fine and strong on the outside, but then serious stress occurs. Without a solid core of strong values, they can fail just like that tree.