The tallest trees on earth…the Redwoods of northern and central California may reach 350 feet in height, live as long as 2000 years and weigh upwards of 500 TONS!
But the root system of the giant redwood tree is surprisingly shallow compared to its skyscraper height. The roots may reach no deeper than six to twelve feet. The major roots are about one inch in diameter and typically spread 50 to 80 feet.
Don’t be fooled though.
The way they are able to maintain and stay upright for hundreds of years is by growing close together with other redwood trees and intermingling their root systems.
They thrive in thick groves where they can intertwine and even fuse together giving them great strength against the forces of nature. They are then able to withstand high winds and raging floods.
Similar to the sequoia, the bark of the redwood contains tannin, which protects it from fire and insects, fungus and disease.
Insects CANNOT kill a redwood tree!
Is that the way it is in your CommUNITY? Oops! Can you spell yours that way?
Is there UNITY in your Community?
Are your roots intertwined and fused together in your church? Are they strengthened against the forces of the enemy and able to stand even when trials come? Are you bringing UNITY into YOUR Community?
Nehemiah learns that his beloved Jerusalem was destroyed and his family, the Israelites, is in trouble but he is 800 miles away! He is a cup-bearer for the King and wants to go and help. And help he does!
Fast-forward to chapter four where Nehemiah finds himself in need of some help. The wall is being rebuilt and he is in charge. They also are under fear of attack at any time. So they work from sunrise to sunset with half of the men always on guard. They never even took off their clothes, and carried their weapons with them at all times, even when they went for water.
Nehemiah comes right out and asks for what he needs here in this chapter. Writer, Raechel Myers, said it so beautifully in this lesson, “When we ask for help and work with others for the Lord’s calling, we open doors that might have been impossible to open alone. God rarely has a solo plan for His work, and our lives intertwine with other Christians so that we all can draw from each other’s strengths.”
Nehemiah knew he couldn’t do it alone and he didn’t try! He drew from the community and created UNITY!
Just like the redwoods, we are all intertwined together; our root system keeps us strong and able to withstand the attack of the enemy.
In Nehemiah 4:17, I absolutely love what we see here! “…The laborers carried on their work with one hand supporting their load and one hand holding a weapon.”
Wow! They didn’t sit down and whine and complain that it was too hard. They didn’t stop the work and wait for the attack that they knew was inevitable. They kept on working and yet were vigilant at the same time! What faith!
Nehemiah even tells them in verse 19, “…the work is very spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. When you hear the blast of the trumpet, rush to wherever it is sounding. Then our God will fight for us!”
They all came together! Wherever the need was at the particular time…When you hear the blast…come running!! Your brother needs you! Your sister needs you! Go!
We are all working members of the Body. We can’t expect the Body to operate properly without each member doing its part.
“Now if the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.’” 1 Corinthians 12:15.
Do not think you can do it alone. And do not think that you are not needed in the Body as a whole! That is the beauty of The Church. Each doing his/her part to move The Church forward into revival. Reaching for the lost, loving the sinner, helping the downcast, teaching, serving, mentoring, giving…together.
CommUNITY. We cannot be a part of The Church and do without it!