4 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge)—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
One thing God is telling us is to be rooted together in love and hang on. A wonderful example of how this works can be found in nature in the forests where we find giant sequoia trees on the west coast. Sequoia trees are some of the largest and oldest living things on earth. From a tiny seed, they grow as tall as 35 story building, have a diameter 20 feet wide and live up to 3,000 years.
How does a massive 350-foot-tall tree support itself? You might think that the roots are as deep as the tree is tall but that is not the case. Sequoia tree roots are very shallow, often only five or six feet deep, but they radiate from the trunk in all directions up to 100 feet out. Sequoias form communities by intertwining their roots for strength and support. Hanging on to each other gives them tremendous strength to withstand high winds and raging floods. A Sequoia that grows apart from the community will eventually fall over because it cannot support itself. They cannot stand alone.
And so it is with God’s people – we cannot stand alone. We need each other now more than ever before. Like the giant sequoias, we must be rooted together in love and hang on. We need to support our church, our church family, and the Body of Christ anyway we can because we are stronger together. Concentrate on what can be done. Be creative. Stay connected. We are in this together.
Rev. Smith is a member of Emanuel Reformed Church of Lincolnton www.emanuelreformedchurch.net and Associate Pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church in Hickory. She can be reached at 828-962-8196, firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 3311 Hickory NC 28603.
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