In working with Lastleaf, I’ve come to respect trees and their vast differences in growth, leaf span, durability, sturdiness etc. It’s been fascinating to read up on them and learn of their unique design. Did you know…
· A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.
· A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four!
· The average tree in an urban/city area has a life expectancy of only 8 years.
· The tallest tree in the country is a Coast Redwood growing in northern California's Redwood National Park. It is 369 feet tall and over 2000 years old!
· No tree dies of old age. They are generally killed by insects, disease or by people.
· The world's oldest trees are 4,600 year old Bristlecone pines in the USA.
· The cottonwood tree seed is the seed that stays in flight the longest. The tiny seed is surrounded by ultra-light, white fluff hairs that can carry it on the air for several days.
It’s incredible to think about how God perfectly designed trees! And he designed them in such a way that we can learn spiritual truths from their design; like how the evergreen never loses its needles, teaching us how God will see us through no matter what season we’re in. Or trees in urban areas…they only live 8 years because the environment they are planted in is unhealthy for them, teaching us that where we plant ourselves is vital to our spiritual growth and health.
The Aspen Tree has quickly become one of my favorite trees because of similar spiritual lessons. The Aspen Tree grows in groves, meaning you’ll never just walk up to one lone Aspen…you’ll always find them in groups with other Aspens. These groves are familial (meaning like a family) with their roots intertwined and connected to one another underground. It’s this bond of their roots that make the Aspen so strong to the point of an Aspen grove can never be completely destroyed! Even if a wildfire were to destroy a forest, completely burning the Aspen trees to the ground, you would find new Aspen shoots coming up that next year because of how deep and complex the roots of the Aspen grove run. They are virtually indestructible!
In reflecting about this unique root design of Aspen groves, I’ve learned that our families are similar to Aspen groves. It’s through deep roots of love, forgiveness, mercy, and grace that we can weather any storm together. At Lastleaf, we want to develop families this way and develop our organization the Aspen way. If we cultivate these deep roots in our families, together, we can survive anything that comes our way.