“Isaiah 60:13 - The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the pine, the fir and the cypress together, to adorn the place of my sanctuary; and I will glorify the place of my feet.” It’s astonishing to see the grandeur of these trees as the footstool of our heavenly father. Ironically, gazing upon the footstool leads one to look above.
I think we can learn a lot from the Redwood trees. They have a 12 inch thick bark that protects them from insects, birds and fungus that also contains plenty of water-based sap to protect the trees from forest fires. In other words, God designed these trees for health and longevity much like he created man/woman in the Garden of Eden. If only mankind had stuck to the garden’s permissible trees rather than tasting another fruit, he would’ve kept his thick skin and remained protected from sickness, disease and eternal fire. Another concept to ponder, the redwoods have shallow roots that spread outward. They would be in danger of falling due to high winds but instead each tree intertwines its roots with those of nearby trees, adding strength to the grove. We too are shallow and in danger of falling if we don’t lock arms with the brethren so we can stand strong. “Ephesians 2:21-23, In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
Likewise brethren, as the redwood we are to grow strong and in unity rise up to become the temple of the Lord!