How to Absorb Like a Redwood

Redwood Forest

Redwood Forest (Photo credit: Astrid Kopp)

The giant redwoods of California have a unique climate. Towering up to 300 feet, the canopy is touched by the fog from the Pacific Ocean. The tree crowns spreading up to 100 feet wide capture the nutritious moisture.

Even though there is little summer rainfall in the area, one tree can absorb 1500 pounds of water in a day. In the summer, it comes from the fog. The spreading canopy acts similar to the root systems below, soaking in water and dispersing the nourishment throughout its system.

When hiking the redwood forests you can find large blue spray paint marks on trunks. These trees are marked for cutting. When I first heard this, I groaned. But, environmentalists are finding that these well-planned cuts are beneficial to the seedlings below that require sunlight. And, even the remnant trunk stump hosts a “cathedral ring” of trees.

When Believers digest the Word of God, like the fog absorbed by the redwoods, we receive nourishment that spreads to our hearts and minds, quenching us in an otherwise parched land.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.   Matthew 4:4

What verse has quenched you today?



  1. Psalm 32L8 – It quendhes my soul to know He has a plan and has His eye on me

  2. Hebrews 12:1-4 is the clarion call to my heart and soul when I’m tired, upset or just want to hide. All it takes are those first few words to reignite the fire for God in my heart. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us . . . “

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