The Secret of the Sequoia Trees

Published December 10, 2013 by


Have you ever heard of a tree called the Sequoia?

A couple weeks ago at our Potluck Luncheon, one of the table questions was “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?” How did you answer that question? Next time you are asked that question, I want you to consider whether you would be a Sequoia tree.

What is a Sequoia?

In the Muir woods, just north of San Francisco, lies an incredible forest of breath-taking sequoia trees. These trees, reaching almost 250 feet into the sky, are considered to be the largest living things on earth. Many of them have been alive for over 1,500 years, enduring nature’s fiercest winds and storms. What is the secret to their permanence? Contrary to what you might think, it is not a deep root system. These trees’ roots only descend four feet into the earth, extremely shallow for such immense trees. The reason for the sequoias’ sustained growth is their support system beneath the earth’s surface. Sequoia trees only grow in rows or groves. You will never find them growing alone. The roots of these trees interlock with each other, and this is the secret to their survival through the centuries. What a lesson for the body of Christ! Just as no sequoia grows alone, no believer grows alone. (from Robby Gallaty. Growing Up (Kindle Locations 1152-1159). CrossBooks.)

As we finish up this year and look forward to 2014, I look at our congregation and I think of all of you as Sequoia trees! 🙂 One great way to grow as strong as a Sequoia is to join one of our wonderful small groups. Let me know if you want to join one.

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