Fresh Hope – 7th July 2018

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

Redwoods can grow over 100m tall with a diameter reaching as much as 7m, yet astonishingly their roots only go down to a depth of around 1m.

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 that stand around you.

Being 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 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.

Make a great decision to be in church tomorrow at one of our morning services.
9.30/11.30am with special guest Pastor Jurgen Matthesius

Pastor Mark

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