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Redwoods and Faith

For my husband’s birthday, we checked off an item on our bucket list instead of presents. He wanted to visit the Redwood Forest of Northern California. so, we traveled to Humboldt County to drive along the Avenue of the Giants. This famed road through the redwoods is one of the finest forest drives in the world. Lined by massive trees, the 31-mile route offers an incredible vista of the surrounding areas. And, yes, we drove through one tree as part of our journey.

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And, standing amid these amazing trees left me speechless as I listened to the wind blow through their lofty limbs. Markers along the trails explained the Redwoods are the tallest trees on earth, reaching over 300 feet. There is evidence the trees existed at the same time as the dinosaurs. And they live for thousands of years. The oldest known Redwood is over 2,200 years old, which means it existed at the same time Christ lived on earth.  

Redwoods and Faith

Redwoods Poem

At one stop along the drive, a sign offered a poem dedicated to these majestic trees. The sign did not list the name of the author, but the words gave me pause to reflect.

“Here, sown by the Creator’s hand,
In serried rands, the Redwoods Stand;
No other clime is honored so,
No other lands their glory know.

The greatest of Earth’s living forms,
Tall conquerors that laugh at storms;
Their challenge still unanswered rings,
Through fifty centuries of kings.

This is their temple, vaulted high,
And here we pause with reverent eye,
With silent tongue and awe-struck soul;
For here we sense life’s proper goal.

To be like these, straight, true and fine,
To make our world, like theirs, a shrine,
Sink down, Oh traveller, on your knees,
God stands before you in these trees.”

Author Unknown

Lessons from the Redwood

These trees can teach us some lessons about faith as we admire their beauty and resilience. Let’s look at some ways:

  • The bark of the Redwoods can be up to a foot thick and full of tannins that protect it from bugs, rot, and fire so it can live for thousands of years.
    • Christ protects us from all the dangers of this life and He gives us eternal life. “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers Him from them all.” — Psalm 34:19 (NIV).
  • Fire can burn a cave like hole in the tree’s trunk without it dying. These holes become home to some of the forest creatures.
    • And, God can show us how to use our troubles to help others. “Even when troubles stricken us, God helps us to use those times to encourage others to continue in faith. 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:3–5 (NIV).
  • Redwoods intertwine their roots with each other to stabilize one another and share nutrients.
    • So, when we fellowship with other Christians, we strengthen our faith and we grow together. “24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV).
  • A redwood’s leaves can both absorb moisture from fog right from the air and can also condense fog into drops and rain them down to soak the soil around them.
    • Like the trees, our faith can thrive in any environment if we draw our refreshment from the living water of God. “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:38 (NIV).

God’s Messages to Us

We can see God’s messages all around us when we take the time to look and listen. I love how He used the trees to speak to my heart and encourage me and I hope the message inspires you as well. May God give you a message of hope this week. And, like the Redwoods, may you stand tall and strong in your faith, resisting all the temptations of this world.


prayer for Redwood

Heavenly Father. Thank you for the beauty of nature you provide for us to enjoy. Please continue to teach us your ways through the gift of nature. Let us feel your presence as we move through our days and bring us safely home to be with you when the time comes. Thank you for so many blessings. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. Katherine Pasour

    This drive through the Redwood forest is on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing this inspiring message of the amazing wisdom nature offers to us.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      They are worth the trip. So inspiring. Standing among them makes you feel small in so many ways. Thanks Katherine. Blessings

    2. Candyce

      God teaches me many things through nature, too. I enjoyed the lessons you drew from the Redwoods.

      1. Yvonne Morgan

        So true. Thanks Candyce. Blessings

  2. Lisa Robbins

    I enjoyed your details of the giant redwoods. The spiritual analogy and applications are inspiring. Thanks for sharing the lovely poem.

  3. Melissa G. Henderson

    I am thankful for God’s creations. I pray I will be alert and notice His blessings each day. Thank you for sharing about the Redwoods.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you Melissa. They are so awe inspiring. Blessings

  4. Jessica Brodie

    Truly inspiring! Thank you for this! I want to visit that part of the country.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      It is worth visiting. Thanks Jessica. Blessings

  5. Melinda Viergever Inman

    The world that the Lord has made for us to live in is glorious, filled with treasures like those million year old trees, and beautiful to behold. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      It is really amazing. We are beyond blessed by our Heavenly Father. Thanks Melinda

  6. Jeannie Waters

    The redwoods are amazing creations of God, and you taught us valuable lessons from them and Scripture. I love the Scripture and your words about fellowship. Nature teaches us a myriad of lessons about God and His relationship with us.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      It is the place I feel most connected to God. Thanks Jeannie. Blessings

  7. Sylvia Schroeder

    I would love to see the Redwoods as well! Thanks for the lessons and the verses which elevate the Creator.

  8. Annie Yorty

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful poem as well as the insights you drew from your visit to the Redwoods. I had previously read about the intertwining of the roots. I’ve used that example many times to explain how brothers and sisters in Christ help one another to stand firm.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      It is a beautiful example of living with Christ. Thanks Annie. Blessings

  9. Nancy E. Head

    I love this message, Yvonne. You apply the parallels we see in nature so aptly to spiritual matters. Thanks and God bless!

  10. Yvonne Morgan

    Thanks Nancy. It is where I feel closet to God. Blessings

  11. JD Wininger

    God can teach us many great lessons from His natural world Ms. Yvonne but, like you, we have to listen. Another great post ma’am.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      We do need to listen intently. Thanks JD. Blessings

  12. karentfriday

    Powerful analogy, Yvonne. Love that you all did a bucket list item for a birthday, then you get to enjoy it together. This is so good, “We can see God’s messages all around us when we take the time to look and listen. “

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Karen. We are learning experience are more important than gifts. Blessings

  13. JenniferTKnight

    These trees fascinate me as well. I have not been there but I would visit the Muir Woods in San Francisco when I would go to the dr. It offered a place of peace amongst the stress of health. I hope to do the drive you did soon.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Jennifer. I will have to check out the Muir Woods someday too. Blessings

  14. Kristi

    I was born in Sonoma County in 1960 in Healdsburg California and we lived in the Red woods there!!

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