DayBreaks for 9/05/17: Hunger for the Light
From the DayBreaks archive, 9/2007:
It was just Tuesday, 8/28, that I once more found myself surrounded by redwoods. It was a week of much needed and appreciated vacation for my better 99.937% and I, and on that day we drove into the redwoods and got out of the car, wandering off from the road to stand surrounded by giants. It is a humbling thing to stand among monstrous, ancient giants, you know.
I’ve written of my love for redwood groves before and I’m fairly certain that you’ll hear about them again at some point in time, but this time I noticed something that I’d not really seen before. I stood near the base of several behemoths and looked upward towards the top of the trees. Now, bear in mind that I say “towards the top of the trees” for a reason – you can’t really see the tops. These trees are the height of a 20-30 story building (and those are still relatively babies as redwoods go.) As you stand at the base of the tree and look upward, there are no branches for a good 75-100 feet. And even then, branches are few and far between. (I feel strange calling them branches, because if they fell, they’d be the size of most trees!) The branches congregate, in a glorious company of celebration, toward the top of the tree.
I understand why it is so – down on the floor of the woods there is not much sunlight to warm a seed to the point of germination. And there is certainly not enough light to carry on the photosynthetic process that such a large tree needs. And so, in His wisdom, God put the branches of such trees on top.
As I looked upward, two things struck me:
FIRST: in its desperate rush to reach the light, the redwood shoots straight up, not bothering to grow lots of branches or to get distracted from its journey and purpose of getting to the light. It’s as if it just can’t wait to reach the sunshine. How true that should be of the Christian’s life! We should be focused on getting to the Light, for in the Light is the life of men. We shouldn’t let ourselves get diffused and too spread out – it would only distract us from growing up into the Light. And there is no time to waste.
SECOND: when you stand at the base of the tree, you see no movement at all. But when you look up towards the underside of the branches towards the top of the tree, you see the huge monolith swaying to and fro with the subtle nudgings of the wind. The roots, however, are unshaken. It doesn’t take much to move the top of a redwood, but to move the bottom, where the roots are? Forget it. A good root system is vital – for trees and for humans. May we be like the tree planted by the water of Psalm 1, firmly rooted and reaching as fast and as hard as we can for the Light!
Psalms 1:1-6 (NLT) – But they delight in doing everything the LORD wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper. But this is not true of the wicked. They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
PRAYER: Almighty One, may we stretch hungrily for the Light and put roots down deep into the good soil that is the Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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