The redwoods actually have a very shallow system of roots, but they all intertwine. They are locked to each other. When the storms come or the winds blow, the redwoods stand. They are locked to each other, and they don’t stand alone, for all the trees support and protect each other.
Over the years our world has changed and become much more transient. Families are often separated by states, if not countries. Communities see a constant movement as newcomers move in and others suddenly, because of business or family obligations, pack up and are on their way to new beginnings. Our root system has become more shallow than in years gone by.
It is for this reason that we must strive to find values that are worth living for and build relationships that intertwine and make us strong. While we may work to sink our roots deep into our community, our commitment to one another can help us weather the storms of life. Let’s learn a lesson from the redwoods.
© 2008, John C. Fitts, III. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume 6 (2008).