SEQUOIA TREES – an awesome sight. Their majestic beauty and grandeur suggest an indifference to the world around them, yet that is far from the truth. While the whistling of the wind, the blazing heat and the bitter cold do not seem to have any visible effects on them, one thing is certain: THEY CANNOT STAND ALONE!
Before we see why they cannot stand alone, let’s first consider some amazing statistics of these magnificent trees)
GIANT SEQUOIAS are the LARGEST LIVING THINGS ON EARTH in terms of total volume. (The Coastal Redwoods of California are taller than the Giant Sequoias but the sequoias have much larger trunks and branches and therefore a larger volume) Sequoias are also the fastest growing trees in the world.
Average height: 50-85 metres / 160-279 feet
[record height] 94.8 metres / 311 feet
Average circumference: 102.6 ft / 31.3 m
Average diameter: 6-8 metres / 20-26 feet
[record diameter] 17 metres / 56 feet diameter
Average bark at base: 90 cm / 3 feet thick
Estimated average mass: 2,105 short tons / 1,910 t
Oldest tree (by ring count) 3500 years
Sequoias reproduce from seeds in their cones. At any given time, a large tree may be expected to have approximately 11,000 cones. A mature giant sequoia has been estimated to disperse from 300,000 – 400,000 seeds per year. The winged seeds may be carried up to 180 m (600 ft) from the parent tree.
Why can’t giant sequoias stand alone?
When we see giant trees battered by storms and fierce winds,
we tend to assume that their strong, deep, deep roots hold them secure
but the giant sequoias do NOT have enormous tap roots
that would sustain their 2000+ tonnes of weight.
Strong winds would blow them over.
Sequoias do have a large tap root, but more importantly,
they have countless outward growing roots
which intertwine with all their neighbouring sequoias,
forming a solid mat of foundation and security
and they support one another,
holding one another secure in the fiercest of storms.
As Christians, we have our roots firmly planted in the Word of God and the promises of God. We are “in Christ” and the very life which flows through Him (the Vine) also flows through us (the branches). Because God has planted together as part of His body, we also have the support of our brothers and sisters.
Let us always be willing to ask our brethren to pray for us
and let us always be alert for opportunities
to lend our support to others who are suffering.
As we intertwine and hold one another up,
we will remain secure in the fiercest storms.
Mr Anon says:
# Even though we cannot PREVENT another’s sorrow, CARING will LESSEN it.
# Christian fellowship doubles our joys and divides our griefs.