Are You A Sequoia?
In his book, Fireproof Your Life: Building a faith that survives the flames, Michael Catt draws analogies from the endurance, perseverance and ultimately the strength of the great Sequoia trees in California to that of a mature Christian. The book opens with the following caption: There it stands – after being struck by lightning, attacked by fires, stung by wasps and weathered by thousands of snow storms – resolute above all other trees, distinct and majestic in its beauty. The branches themselves are eight to ten feet in diameter!
In chapter one, Catt tells us that Sequoias can live through many fires because its bark is two feet thick (think about that for a minute). Within that bark is a substance called tannin which acts as a natural fire retardant to neutralize the burning embers that embed themselves in the tree. So the obviously questions are, what are you doing to fireproof your life as well as your marriage? What are we doing collectively in pouring into in our kids and students to help them fireproof their lives?
I think the answer lies in Psalm 1:1-3 – Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
Notice how often the psalmist mediates on the Word of God, notice where his delight is. His delight is not in money, social status, job promotion, or how well his sports team is doing. Too often we get side-tracked and distracted by delighting on the wrong priorities. Further, in our current culture, we think a vibrant Christian walk means going to church once, twice a week or reading the bible and praying once a day. While that’s important, we’re typically left with a surface level relationship with Jesus that doesn’t go far enough in developing the deep roots and thick bark to properly weather the severe storms and fires that life inevitably brings. We need to live out Psalm 1 to fireproof our
lives, marriages and, just as importantly, set the model for the next generation.
March 19th Posted in: Christian Living with No Comments