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Even Trees Support One Another

Think of ways to encourage one another (Hebrews 10:24, NLT).

Scattered along hundreds of miles of California’s northern coastline lie hidden valleys filled with some of the world’s most majestic skyscrapers — the redwood trees.

Many of these mighty monarchs pierce the sky at heights exceeding that of a 30-story building. Placed side by side, London’s Big Ben would be dwarfed by the second tallest redwood, and the leaning tower of Pisa would rise little higher than midpoint of the sixth highest woodland colossus.

The longevity of the redwood is incredible. The Grizzly Giant, the largest of the Sequoias in the world, is more than 2,500 years old and could have been a seedling when the prophet Isaiah foretold the virgin birth of our Lord. Others of these stately trees were reaching for their destiny as towering pillars when a youthful Christ worked in His family carpenter shop in Nazareth. Founder’s Tree in the Redwood Creek grove of Humboldt County — considered the fifth largest, with a circumference at chest level of 40 feet — was probably well developed when the Magna Carta was signed in 1215.

Many of the other redwoods were populating the groves when Columbus discovered America in 1492.

Strangely, these giants have unusually shallow root systems that reach out in all directions to capture the greatest amount of surface moisture. Seldom will you see a redwood standing alone because high winds would quickly uproot it. That’s why they grow in clusters. Their intertwining roots provide support for one another against the storms.

Support is what Jesus wanted from Peter, James, and John in Gethsemane as He faced Calvary. On the cross as the world’s sin-bearer He would experience His Father’s wrath and abandonment. That was the awful cup He prayed would be taken from Him. In that dark hour, He looked to His disciples for prayerful alertness and compassion. But oh, how they disappointed Him! Somehow the sight of His sleeping disciples must have made the isolation of Gethsemane that much more painful.

If Jesus looked to human support in His crisis hour, how much more do Christians need one another when they suffer! Let us be willing to ask someone to pray for us and with us. And let us be alert for opportunities to lend our support to others who are suffering.

We need each other! So “let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25, NIV).

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