Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.” It turns out, the forests do too!

Believe it or not, we have a lot to learn from sequoia trees. Over the next few Mondays, we will learn some life-changing truths from the world’s largest living things.

If you visit Sequoia National Park in California, one of the sights you have to see is the General Sherman. It’s a giant sequoia that stands 275 feet tall and weighs in at over 4 million pounds. By volume, it’s the largest living single stem tree on planet earth. Not only is its size impressive, but so is its age. General Sherman has been alive for over 2,000 years. There are some sequoias that have lived for over 3,000 years!

So how does a tree that huge survive severe windstorms, lightning, forest fires, earthquakes, and drought? Surely their root system must be incredibly deep, right? Not necessarily.

The sequoia’s strength is not found in its depth, but in its connection. Giant sequoias can survive in soil as shallow as 3 feet deep because sequoias never grow alone. They are always found in groves, growing with one another. Their roots go out wide, interlocking with other sequoia trees, and sharing resources with them.

You were never meant to grow alone.

We are social creatures designed for community.

Strength to weather life’s storms doesn’t come from you, but from the combined strength of those around you, rooted and intertwined together.

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