I still remember visiting northern California and driving through forests of giant redwood or sequoia trees. It boggled my mind to see trees towering over 300 feet in the air. Trees wide enough at the base to carve a tunnel and drive a car through. Some of these trees have been around since before Christ!
So, how do these giants survive the many storms they’ve faced through the years? One would think they have deep root systems that anchor into the bedrock, but they don’t. In fact, sequoias have a shallow root system that intertwines and interconnects with nearby trees. By interlocking with others, they support and sustain each other. They literally hold each other up. They survive by being unified.
The same should be true for Christian. We were not designed to go through life on our own. Rather, we need to be part of a community that supports each other. Once we link arms and hearts, we find strength in unity. When one becomes weak, the others hold him up physically, emotionally, practically, and spiritually through prayer.
The storms are coming, even more so as we see the Day of Christ’s return approaching. There is no better time to lock arms with fellow believers – to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,” to “spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” and to “encourage one another.” (Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV)
If I’m being like a tree in 2012, am I like a sequoia? Am I connected to other believers? Or am I facing storms alone?
What about you? Have you ever seen the giant redwoods in person? Are you connected to others or doing life on your own? Why?