While watching a documentary about the magnificent Redwood forests, I learned something quite interesting… how these trees stay hydrated. Considering how dry the summers can be, and the crowding in the forests, these trees somehow thrive in this environment. Quite fascinating.
Though we know that most trees get their nourishment from the roots up, the redwoods are so massive, many towering over 300 ft. high, that they cannot possibly get all their nourishment that way. Clearly the water couldn’t possibly reach all the way up to the top.
And yet they grow and survive for centuries. Some are thousands of years old.
So, what is the secret?
The answer? The canopies are wet.
While scaling many trees during his research, a tree biologist named Stephen Sillett made an intriguing discovery. He found out that every day the redwoods received a large amount of dew from the clouds. The canopies had life forms that never had to leave the tree, and fresh growth everywhere. In his findings, Sillett determined that their grown, or the secret to their survival if you will was because of the daily condensation, or dew.
As followers of Christ, I see this as a wonderful illustration. We know from what the word of God tells us of the need to be rooted and grounded in the word of God. We must be planted in the house of God and constantly growing in his truth. But, it is also essential that we receive daily refreshing from above. How can we stay refreshed? Some of the ways we can do this through meditating on the word of God often, and praising him.
When we stay full and watered, we can let his refreshment flow through us by speaking often of his goodness, praying for others and ourselves.
Is your canopy wet? If not, God promises a daily refreshing that will encourage life and vitality. Don’t wait! Reach up and receive your refreshment today. It is there and he is waiting to give you all that you need.