Jay's eDevotionals  

Nov 12

The Lesson of the Redwood—We Need Each Other!

Outside of Yosemite National Park stands the Mariposa Grove of giant redwoods. These towering timber sentinels reach heights of over 300 feet. These breathtaking trees are the whales of the plant family. 

Yet a redwood never grows alone. They only live in groves or clusters. In order for a redwood not to be toppled by a wind due to its enormous height, the tree’s roots must interconnect with the root system of other redwoods. Their inter-locking root fingers allow the trees to grow strong and tall. If the redwood was standing on an isolated promontory without the root network, any gust of wind could topple the giant. 

The same is true in the spiritual realm. God has not designed Christians to grow in isolation. We are constructed to grow in clusters or church families. As we interlock our lives, we can withstand the difficult storms that inevitably blow our way. Let’s sum up God’s design: WE NEED JESUS AND WE NEED EACH OTHER! 

I recently met a lady who lost her husband in a tragic accident and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in the same month. She is now a single Mom with a 12 year-old son who is engaged in a monumental battle with very little support.  This dear woman dropped out of church four years ago due to some minor disagreement. The winds of tribulation are blasting into her and she desperately needs the interlocking strength of the Body of Christ. So do you. 

Learn and live God’s protective and providing truth: “Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another, and all the more, as you see the day of Christ drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24)

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