Tangled up and twisted all around but finding strength. Travel to Northern California and visit Redwood National Park to see the power of togetherness brilliantly illustrated in the Giant Sequoia. These enormous trees are the largest living thing on earth and the tallest trees in the world, stretching as high as a thirty story building and expanding over hundreds of years to a three story width. They are indeed giants. You might assume their massive above ground structure would be anchored by an equally impressive taproot, but that is not the case. Redwood root systems are shockingly shallow, reaching a depth of – get this – four to five feet.
How can a shallow root system support the substantial mass of these colossal trees? Here’s the secret – instead of diving deep into the earth’s crust, they have expansive lateral root systems that reach OUT over 100-150 feet from the trunk. They only grow in groves and derive their strength and longevity from the complex intertwining and even fusing of their lateral roots. They hold each other up. They depend on each other for support. Each tree is vitally important to every other tree in the grove.
They need each other. We need each other.
Storms of life will come. Winds will blow. But our lives will flourish and grow when we are planted, doing life together with our roots intertwined.
We’ve been talking about God’s favor and one of the most important paths to finding favor is being planted like a tree in God’s house. In that safe arbor you won’t be afraid when storms come because you are not alone. You’ll enjoy the nutrient rich environment of community. And you’ll learn how to live a life that never stops yielding fruit.
Affirmation:I will find the favor of being planted in God’s house
Comment: We want to hear from you, use the comments below. What is the most powerful benefit of being planted in a community of believers?
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Acts 2:46-47 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.