Last week, in addressing God’s prescription for a happy and blessed 2017, I referred to verse 3 of Psalm 1, He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

I asked the question: “What Kind of Root System Do You Have?” Today, I came across an article from Susan Williamson using the same title. It was a good reminder for me. Let me share her thoughts with you.

“The sequoia redwood trees located in California are some of the biggest trees in the world. The General Sherman is, in fact, noted as THE largest known living single stem tree on Earth! It is 275 feet tall, 25 feet in diameter, and is approximately 2,500 years old.”

“Something that huge must have an incredible root system that goes down deep in order to stand that tall. Not the case at all. The sequoia redwood trees have a unique root system that is a marvel, compared to their mammoth size”.

‘Their roots are relatively shallow. There is no taproot to anchor them deep into the earth. The roots actually only go down 6-12 feet, and yet, these trees rarely fall over. They withstand strong winds, earthquakes, fires, storms, and prolonged flooding. How can something up to 500 tons, reaching over 350 feet in height, and live for many centuries remain standing with roots only going down about 10 feet?”

‘The interesting thing about the redwood tree is that their root system is intertwined with the other redwood trees, literally holding each other up. The trees grow very close together and are dependent on each other for nutrients, as well. Only redwoods have the strength and ability to support other redwoods.”

‘So, beneath the surface of these humongous, tall, statuesque trees are roots like an army of men who have their arms interlocked, standing and supporting each other. They are preventing the adversaries of life from knocking each other down. They are also making sure there are plenty of nutrients for growth to continue.”

While I made the comment that having other trees around you and interlocking roots is what a church represents, I didn’t think of the significance of the statement “Only redwoods have the strength and ability to support other redwoods.” And “They are preventing the adversaries of life from knocking each other down.”

 Wow! Isn’t that our desire at VCF? To be the body of Christ, to interlock arms together to hold each other up? To prevent our adversary the evil one from each other and to provide plenty of nutrients for growth to continue? May those truths reflect our mission and actions for 2017.