On July 4th, we will celebrate the anniversary of the day the Declaration of Independence was signed by our country’s founding fathers. The spirit and principles of this document are just as compelling today as they were in 1776: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Independence from tyranny. Freedom to pursue happiness. Liberty to secure certain unalienable rights! These words: “Freedom, Liberty and Independence”! I believe we are all individual beings seeking our own happiness, our own truth. I also believe we are universally connected. What a paradox; Independent yet Interdependent.
- Giant Sequoias can survive in less than 3 feet (1 meter) of soil by spreading their roots far from the tree, up to 300 feet (100 meters). That such mammoth trees have such shallow root depth is astonishing.
- How do such trees remain upright without a deep anchoring system? Giant Sequoias are extremely well-balanced and can notoriously maintain their equilibrium regardless of difficult conditions. The complex intertwining of roots helps support these huge trees.
- Sequoias help each other. Giant Sequoias do not compete with each other for resources, rather their huge root systems fuse together and they share resources. (Source: http://www.sequoiaministriesinternational.org/about-us/learn-more-about-giant-sequoias)
I am always amazed when I see God’s design in nature set an example of His will for our spirits. When the Bible talks about “The Body of Christ”, these words are carefully chosen. For the body is dependent on each part to function properly. The many parts of our body are interdependent upon each other. Just as we, the people of God are interdependent upon one another. Say I am an arm. What business do I have trying to pedal a bike? That is the job of the foot. I am in no competition with the foot. Yet so many of us complain, “Why is so and so focused on saving the whales when there are starving children?!” Because that is so and so’s calling. My calling might be for starving children. So I am to focus on my calling and not begrudge so and so of his.
If it weren’t for our individual or say, independent calling we might never know of the many different needs throughout this world God put us here to be stewards of. This is where the interdependence comes in. I depend on so and so to tell me what the whales need for survival. So and so depends on the information I provide regarding the starving children of the world. Then we work together to improve on these existing conditions. This concept is also indicative of the two political parties of our nation. I appreciate the I have friends who point out civil injustices regarding race, gender or sexual orientation. I also want to be informed of our constitutional rights that my right-winged friends convey. For both sides remind me of the causes needing direct attention at the moment. I respect their passions. I might not like everything I read or hear but I believe it needs to be expressed, considered and eventually followed up with action.
Might this also reflect the many denominations of Christianity? Of religion itself? Could each “division” possibly be God-designed for a specific purpose? Other than the obviously negative reputation we have for starting wars with each other, what positive impacts have each religion brought forth on this planet? If we were to take an honest look, we will find at least one good feature. Everything and everyone is here on this great big Earth for a reason. For there are no mistakes in God’s world! Do you know your calling or purpose? Can you appreciate another’s calling/purpose instead of criticizing them for not sharing yours? If you can, your life will be filled with far more serenity…and bliss! Stay blissful my friends – E