The hot weather here in Northern California is a sure sign that summer has arrived. Summer for me means an annual family vacation to Sea Ranch, a lovely getaway on California’s northern coast nestled between tranquil meadows, dramatic ocean views, and awe-inspiring Redwood forests. There’s nothing like a walk through the Redwoods to remind me that I’m a very small part of a much bigger story.
As incredible as our Redwoods are, they’re nothing compared to the Giant Sequoia’s of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Sequoias are known as “Trees of Life”because each one has its own ecosystem, supporting numerous and diverse species from multiple kingdoms. They are also the world’s largest single tree, and are among the oldest living and growing things on earth. The oldest known Sequoia is 3,500 years old.
In Matthew 13:31-32, Jesus likens God’s kingdom to a mustard seed, the small seed of an invasive plant that grows quickly and self-propagates easily, soon becoming a large thicket where birds find a safe home. If Jesus had walked the earth in California, I wonder if He would have likened God’s kingdom to a Giant Sequoia?
PFF is driven by the vision of God’s kingdom described in Revelation 7:9, a place where people from every nation, tribe, people and language enjoy a safe home together with God. We celebrate that God’s kingdom has never stopped growing, and supports life for such a wonderfully diverse mix of people. We also recognize that there are still many in the world today who have not yet heard that there is room for them in God’s peaceable kingdom. How might God invite you to make this good news known to all peoples of the earth?
Blessings in Christ,
Tara ChaseAssociate Director