I love nature. Occasionally on the weekends, I spare sometime for nature walks. It’s always refreshing. Equally, I love to read on matters flora and fauna. So the other day I read something so fascinating, it was about the redwood trees. These trees are unique, totally of their own kind. So special are they, that you will only find them growing in one region on earth; West Coast of America.
The magnificence, strength and size of the redwood trees are a wonder to behold. What with their majestic height; towering giants with tops reaching for the skyline, almost brushing the clouds. You see them stand side by side, close to each other, a grand display of nature’s sense of community and fellowship. Beholding this wonder requires you to take in the amazement detail to detail; it cannot be reduced to a simple ‘glance and pass’ kind of experience. It can only be characterized by long awestruck moments of silent staring.
This redwood forest in West Coast America is host to one of the tallest and oldest tree on earth. This tree was discovered by Armstrong, it stands 308 feet; that’s more than 30 stories! What’s more, it has been alive for the last 1,400 years! I couldn’t help to imagine what was on God’s mind when he was building it! I think the tower of Babel guys should keep calm and take notes at this point.
Some of the trees have burn and char scars, it’s testament of a difficult past. It tells you at one point in time, someone or something wanted to destroy this masterpiece of creation, but didn’t succeed. In fact, some of the trees have huge caverns curved out from their middle, done either by man craving for recreation or building symbols of aesthetic value, or perhaps from gutting forest fires.
But what’s really the secret of the redwood. How does does it achieve great heights (pun intended)? What about the length of years it lives? How does the redwood endure all attempts of destruction? Consider its counterpart; the palm tree. It (palm tree) has a taproot running deep down into the ground, actually as tall as the height of the tree itself. Now here is the shocker, the redwood does not have a taproot. None.That’s why you never see a standalone redwood. Never. They exit in clusters, in groups know as groves. There goes the sense of communal living. It tells you that the redwood does not rely on its own might, it finds strength in togetherness.
We have noted that the redwood tree lacks a taproot, and you could be wondering how it thrives and survives. Unshaken. Here’s is the source of its strength. For every foot in height it grows up, the redwood sends it roots out, thrice that distance. Not down, out! So if a redwood tree is 200 feet, the roots go 600 feet out! When this happens, there’s an intertwining of roots with the other trees in the grove. Years down the line, the roots are completely interwoven, so much so that none of them can fall amidst any tragic circumstance. In fact, it is said that in the event that one of the trees in the grove dies, it can’t fall. Other trees won’t let it fall.
Oh we surely can learn a lot from nature. A whole lot! Nature has a way of bringing us to a point of reflection. How tall are you standing, and for how long? How tall will you grow? What is your lot? Will you last through the hard times?
This is the profound lesson we can learn from redwood and his grove of friends; alone we’re vulnerable and prone to fall, very easily. But together, our lives interwoven and intertwined, we stand strong. We stand well equipped and positioned to wither all manner of storms.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 KJV)