Trees

German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too

I read the above article a few months ago now, and knew I wanted to post it here.

If you’re new here, you’ll start to realize that I love random stuff like this. Whether it’s an article, a movie, a dream, something someone said, I feel like I can see God in everything. It’s definitely a gift that I’ve received from Him in the last several years and I find it really nerdy and exciting.

Anyway, back to the trees.

These three facts from the article were really cool:

  • “You see how the thick branches point away from each other? That’s so they don’t block their buddy’s light.”
  • “Sometimes, pairs like this are so interconnected at the roots that when one tree dies, the other one dies, too.”
  • Working together in networks and sharing resources, they increase their resistance.

I’m actually almost interested in reading his book!

Anyway, why does this matter to us?

Because I think all of creation is made the same, because God is a creator and everything he makes, makes sense. For starters, God wants us to work together, not compete or block someone else’s light. Just like the trees. Sometimes when you are connected to the wrong things, you suffer. When you are connected to God and the church you thrive because it is Biblical.

Verses:

Matthew 5 MSG: “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.”

Galatians 5 MSG “19-21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.”

1 Corinthians 4 MSG 7-8 For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle. Without bringing either Apollos or me into it, you’re sitting on top of the world—at least God’s world—and we’re right there, sitting alongside you!

Ezekiel 17 MSG: This vine sent out its roots toward him from the place where it was planted. Its branches reached out to him so he could water it from a long distance. It had been planted in good, well-watered soil, And it put out branches and bore fruit, and became a noble vine.

Acts 4 MSG 32-33 The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them.

34-35 And so it turned out that not a person among them was needy. Those who owned fields or houses sold them and brought the price of the sale to the apostles and made an offering of it. The apostles then distributed it according to each person’s need.

What do you think? Comment below.

Walking On Glass

I wanted to write this down the day I awoke from this dream but it’s been very busy for me the past month and I haven’t been able to write anything I’ve wanted to! Apologies on that.

So here we go.

I haven’t had a recognizable “God dream” in a while. But I definitely think that this was one of them.

On one Monday night in March I had a very short dream. I was walking barefoot outside and sort of..taking in my surroundings and enjoying the fresh air and scenery. I was alone but in the distance I saw a small group of people I knew and sat down on a rock. I put my one leg, or rather ankle, on top of my knee, somewhat cross-legged, and saw something shimmering on the sole of my right foot. I began to inspect and realized it was a shard of glass. I pulled it out. I realized there were lots of them, some big and small, some made me bleed, some hurt, some didn’t. And then I woke up.

I reflected on a few things in the Bible and random thoughts and this is what I came up with:

  • Feet shod with the gospel
  • Pilgrimage
  • Exodus 3 barefoot because standing on Holy Ground

 

Here are some random links Google discovered for me:

I still can’t figure out exactly what I think of it, and was waiting so long to post it, but I don’t want to wait any longer. Would be cool if you had any thoughts on it. If you do, post below!

12:00 pm Prayer: 4/4/16

Jesus I want to lift up the names of Joanna and DawnChere. These are two women that are dear to me and even more dear to you. I pray that you will fill their wombs this year God. That you will create life where they has not been. I pray that you will show off God. I think it would be wild if you planted twins. I think it would blow them away. You can do immeasurably more than they could ask or I could pray.

 

Have your way today God. And every day.

 

Thank you for your goodness.

 

Amen.

I have so many drafts

Sorry to all my lovely friends on here. Been super busy, sick, tired, had a few days of feeling sorry for myself I’m sure, hahaha the usual things!

 

But I’m back and I want to spew out some posts.

 

Stay tuned!