Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Psalm 104:24-25

O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both large and small.

 

Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
    In wisdom you have made them all.
    The earth is full of your creatures.
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Here is the ocean, vast and wide,
    teeming with life of every kind,
    both large and small.
Psalm 104:24-25

I learned something that still baffles me and makes me more in awe of God's infinite wisdom. Did you know that trees communicate with each other and create a complex community that includes different species? When a tree is cut down, the surrounding trees send life-sustaining nourishment that keeps it alive for years. When an old tree is nearing death, it releases its resources to the other trees.

What can we learn from this little bit of incredible information about trees? 

  1. Community is important to our survival. God designed us with a desire for companionship. We need others to learn and grow, for our happiness and security. Researchers have found that those with strong networks of family and friends live longer and are happier than those with few friends or who live in isolation.
  2. We are all in this together. ALL of us. Men, women. Old, young. No matter what race or ethnicity. No matter what beliefs or religion or abilities. Instead of competing with others, we should be supporting each other.
  3. God has created such intricate systems that we can only begin to comprehend. We tend to think we have all of the answers, but how can we have answers without all of the information? Instead, we should always turn to the one who does have all of the information and answers instead of trying to solve problems on our own.

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