#317: Mentoring Moment: Redwood Faith – Standing Tall Together

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By Shelley Hitz, CJ, Shelley Hitz: Writing Mentor, Author Coach, and Christian Writers. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Many of you have visited the Redwood National Park in northern California. Shelley & I visited that area a few years ago. I remember walking through forests with lush ferns among these gentle giants in all their majesty. Imagine the Creator of those trees!

-Redwoods can grow as tall as 400 feet

-The oldest redwood is thought to be over 3200 years old and is known as the “President”

-Some are wide enough for a car to drive through

-Roots only go about 7-8 feet deep but can be spread out over 100 feet

-Redwood roots are intertwined with other redwoods which allows them to remain stable even through strong storms. I see Christian Book Academy like a gentle redwood forest where our roots intertwine with one another.

-A redwood cone can produce 150-250 seeds, each seed being only the size of a tomato seed. That’s about the size of the head of a matchstick

Our books also begin with a seed idea. That seed is then watered by God and it continues to grow into something we could have hardly imagined.

Redwoods are rugged trees. Some have deep grooves in the bark, some have been struck by lightning, some partially burned by fire, some blown over by winds. Kingdom Writers are a rugged breed as we can all attest to. Many of us have been battered by various elements and yet we still stand tall with the Lord’s strength.

“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” – 1 Peter 1:7 NLT

Among these redwood forests are also trees that have toppled over due to old age. These trees are ideal for kids and adults alike to jump up and play on. Many of these toppled trees also have new trees growing out from the middle where it might be hollowed out. These dead trees are still giving life to young trees! There will be a time when each of us topple over but we can continue giving life through our books and writings.

“Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.” – Hebrews 13:7 NLT

Finally, a single lone redwood tree is quite impressive by itself but a forest of these giants is spectacular. Similarly, a lone Christian writer can produce impressive stuff but it’s a beautiful thing to be part of a forest of Kingdom Writers with all of our diversity, styles and varying backgrounds. We can lean on one another as the storms of life hit. Consider CBA to be a Kingdom Writers redwood forest where we cause others to look up and give glory to our great God!

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