We have been ministering throughout Western America and watching God do the miraculous. His faithfulness reaches to the heavens. The journey in-between events has taken us through dense forests, hot deserts, mountain passes, and as low as 282 feet below sea level; the lowest point in North America. You should definitely follow along with our Carnali Crew YouTube videos, as we will be taking you to these amazing sights! It’s funny how God can speak to us through nature. The more I learn about his creation, the more I feel I know about him… and even myself. One of my favorite things to study in Scripture is the tree, and how the Lord uses them to explain spiritual truths about us. “…Be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” -Psalm 1:3 As a tree grows, it is crucial that it is getting the nutrition it needs to be healthy and strong. Energy from the sun, carbon dioxide from the air, and moisture from water are the three key ingredients needed to grow. The roots are like an anchor, as they keep the tree in place and suck up water and nutrients from the soil. While the tree grows and matures, the roots can grow deep. This is so important. When a tree is healthy, the rough storms and changing seasons of life make the roots even stronger. As people, we function in this exact same way. We need our roots to be anchored in Christ,so when the winds and rough weather come, we will not be moved. Did you know that the roots of an aged tree are not only good for itself, but also for soil around it too? They hold the nutritious dirt in place so that it won’t wash away and cause erosion or exposure when the hard rains come. People with these kinds of roots in a church or community are a crucial part to the growth and safety of the environment. Their mature roots help to hold things in place, especially when difficult times come. Also the contrary, this kind of tree can bring disease or cause others to be uprooted with it. An ecosystem is a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment. The church works just like its own ecosystem, and in it, we grow spiritually and physically for the purpose that he has created us for. We find ourselves all at different stages where the Lord has planted us. For Brett, myself and the boys, we’ve been able to experience the body of Christ around the world and how unique the different areas are where people grow. As the Lord has called us to a very different type of ministry and life on the road, I’ve often wondered how we are able to flourish so well, even though we aren’t in one place for very long at a time. For most, it would be very draining. Yet, for us, we thrive, and in turn, bring life to so many others through the amazing Gospel of Christ. I’ve always thought of it as a special grace that God has given us for such a time as this. However, when we were at the Giant Sequoia National Park, I learned something about those species of trees that absolutely blew my mind and gave me some new perspective. The Giant Sequoias are one of the most enduring living things on the planet and the largest living organism on Earth. Their bark is the thickest of any other tree (up to 3 feet!), which provides resistance to disease, insect infestation, and fire. They are extremely well-balanced and can maintain their equilibrium in difficult conditions. However, the thing that stood out to me the most was their root system. This ginormous tree can survive in less than 3 feet of soil! Their rootsspread out far and wide and can occupy over one acre of earth. They do not compete for resources, but share them, intertwining with the roots of other trees that help support them; even fusing together in some places. At this point of learning, I felt the Lord showing me a picture of our ministry, as he has spread our roots out just like this, and has strongly intertwined us with the body of Christ across America. This has been such a support and blessing to us as we minister all over the country, through ever-changing circumstances. We are strengthened and encouraged everywhere we go while bringing nourishment, refreshment, and renewal to his people. It’s simply amazing how it works and truly divinely designed. God knows I’m such a visual learner, and I think that most people are; which makes sense why even in scripture, Jesus teaches through visuals and parables. So, may we keep our eyes open, and be learners of his word and creation all around us. We never know when he might speak or bring divine inspiration and revelation to our spirits. Romans 1:19-20 tells us how God uses the physical things he made in creation to show us his unseen spiritual truthsso that no-one has an excuse not to understand or repent. “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” So dear Lord, give us eyes to see! May we behold your beauty and Godhead. In you, we put our trust and have our being. You are the one who shows us our identity, who we are, and how we have been made to function. So, we will walk in understanding, holding the truth in righteousness.
May God bless you, keep you, and make his face to shine upon you, as you grow in Christ where you are planted!
All my love
Forever in Jesus,
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