Lessons from the Sequoia
As I stood looking at the Giant Sequoias, I was overcome by a sense of reverence. There is so much symbolism to be found in nature. Here are trees that were growing before Christ's birth. The sequoias actually need fire to thrive. Their bark is fibrous, the flexibility adding to their strength and providing protection. Many small strands, like many of our actions and experiences, provide a layer o...f protection from the forces of the world. Fire forces their seeds out of their cones, allowing the growth of future generations. Does the fiery furnace of our afflictions force us into growth which benefits our future generations? Fires remove competing vegetation, but the fire scars of the sequoia heal and it continues to grow. The wood of these trees is highly resistant to decay. They source their water where they can, from the fog in the air at the higher portions of the tree and from the groundwater at the roots. I know the source of my Living Water is my Savior, who overcame the fiery furnace of death, pain, and all sin so that I may stand in strength with Him. I stood there looking at these trees and thinking of how He heals in only the way He can. It is that healing, that Atonement, that allows me to stand through trials and tribulations. It is that which gives me hope.