Fresh Hope – Day 176

Redwood trees are amongst the oldest trees in the world – some are known to have lived for as long as 2000 years.

Some redwoods grow up to 350 ft tall, with a diameter reaching as much as 20 ft Рyet astonishingly, their roots only go down to a depth of around three feet.

These trees beg the question: how is it possible to grow so tall and yet have such shallow roots?

Many lesser trees have root systems that are equal in depth to their height, so why is the great redwood unique?

The answer lies in the way it takes strength from the other trees that grow around it, thus enabling them to withstand the fiercest of storms.

Instead of its roots going downhill, it intertwines its root system around those of the other trees, in order to strengthen itself.

The lesson of the redwood tree is that of understanding the power of drawing on the strength of those around you.

Being a part of a great church is one such example of how to stand strong in times of adversity. Having people around you that can support you not only helps you through the storms of life, but can actually help you to grow tall in your faith.

Ask yourself a vital question today: who do I have in my life that is vital to my strength and growth?

Have I told any of those people lately how much they mean to me?

Have I understood that if I attempt to do life on my own, then it’s possible that I’m going to get taken down when the winds of adversity blow?

God has placed great people around you to help you to be the best that you can be; don’t be afraid to embrace and appreciate them once again today.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered,two can defend themselves.A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Pastor Mark

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