In a truly ironic and fitting gesture, the laws of nature brought down an iconic sequoia tree in central California Jan. 8.
The “drive-thru” tree at Calaveras Big Trees State Park in California had been hollowed out during the Progressive era of American politics in the early 20th century. Like its fellow sequoias, this gigantic specimen of God’s handiwork had taken millennia to grow and had withstood everything that history could throw at it. Its longevity was remarkable, its size breathtaking, its presence delightful, its existence taken for granted.
Like everything else in God’s creation which is not protected according to His law-order, this tree — and empires, nations, races, and institutions — will suddenly and irrevocably shatter when God sends the winds of natural judgment their way. Without integrity, living roots, and vital connection to their Maker, all created things will perish when God decides that their time has come.
Heed the warning, individuals and institutions alike. The winds of change blow suddenly and without warning.
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. – Matthew 7:24-27