Earlier this month, I was able to travel with Luke, our four children and both sets of grandparents (Luke’s parents and mine) to a place where the grand Redwoods and

breathtaking coastline collide--Crescent City, CA . This opportunity to take in so much beauty and adventure amidst the company of my beloved family was a sweet gift that I will always treasure.  Although we saw many delights of God’s creation on this trip, perhaps one of my favorites was the Cathedral Tree (pictured top left).  This group of 9

Redwoods grew in a tight, nearly full circle around the long since fallen and

decomposed tree from whose roots and burls they sprouted.  I stood, so very small, at their base and gazed up, up, and up to the tops of their branches…wondering at all the events they had witnessed, people they had seen, and future they would experience long after I was gone.  A reverent melody played from a speaker at their foundation. The song sounded as if it were coming from the trees themselves and this verse came to mind: “Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy” (Psalm 96:11-12).    These thoughts quieted my soul and I prayed that my family could be like the Cathedral Trees…standing strong together, rooted and established in God’s word, and pointing people up, up and up to the all-satisfying love of Jesus.  Have you ever seen something in nature that has caused you to stop and ponder like this?  If so, please share the story with me.