(Photo Credit goes to Pixabay. com user KBOutdoors.)
Have you ever heard the sound a Quaking (or trembling) Aspen makes when its leaves quiver in the wind? Last Fall I discovered this inspiring sound on a walk. To me it’s very much like the exciting rush of pouring rain.
I have an evergrowing facination with, trees. This passion spells adventure! Thus, I’ve taken a liking to doing a little discovery and observation to further my wonder.
The Aspen’s audible leaves turn a wonderful vibrant yellow in the Fall. 🍂🍂🍂🍂
Then they drop their foliage to reveal beautiful bare branches.
However, what I find even more fantastic is their roots, some of which are almost as thick as their trunks!
I also have an appreciation for their stylish mossy boots. Very chic. 😎
Ah, but not all is always what it seems. Dig a little deeper and you’ll REALLY get to the root of the matter.
I would like to introduce you to Pando the Trembling Giant.
I don’t have a photo. Pando isn’t one of the locals. However, Quaking Aspens are native to Canada and are the most widely spread tree in North America.
Pando, however, is more than a tree. Pando is a colony of trees that covers 43 hectares (or 107 acres) in the state of Utah. This accomplished organism has become a thicket of 40,000 trees that stem from one single tree.
The Quaking Aspen reproduces via a process called suckerering. In the right conditions an upright shoot will grow into what appears to be a tree–in and of itself. These trees are called ramets (or clones). The root system of Pando is believed to be several thousands of years old.
An Aspen’s roots are quite resilient. If a forest fire decimates a population of these robust deciduous trees they will be the first to shoot up and reforest an area. Eager beavers! 🦫
As a believer and follower of Christ, this root system brought to mind discipleship in Jesus. Every believer is an offshoot of the same tree: Jesus. We become a thicket (or a family) united in the same goal: to know Jesus and make Him known. Often on the surface we can look and sound quite similar. We should all have characteristics of Jesus. Sure we like to complicate things sometimes. None of us are perfect. We can make it about ourselves and lose our focus and fire. Sometimes those brush fires get loose and burn us down to ashes. But those roots! Those wonderful roots remain. This means that we shall shoot up again because we are rooted deeply in our faithful Jesus. He is forever our strength and joy. Therefore, we proclaim His goodness much like the Aspen makes its victorious applause with its lovely trembling leaves. 👏 👏 👏
Jesus is Faithful ❤
You’ve transplanted them into your heavenly courtyard,Psalm 92:13-15 (The Passion Translation)
where they are thriving before you,
for in your presence they will still overflow and be anointed.
Even in their old age they will stay fresh,
bearing luscious fruit and abiding faithfully.
Listen to them! With pleasure they still proclaim:
“You’re so good! You’re my beautiful strength!
You’ve never made a mistake with me.”
He Won’t Lose Even One of Us ❤
But even if we are faithless, he will still be full of faith, for he never wavers in his faithfulness to us!2 Timothy 2:13 (The Passion Translation)
But everyone my Father has given to me, they will come. And all who come to me, I will embrace and will never turn them away. And I have come out of heaven not for my own desires, but for the satisfaction of my Father who sent me. My Father who sent me has determined that I will not lose even one of those he has given to me, and I will raise them up in the last day.John:37-39 (The Passion Translation)