No man is an Island

The Tambalacoque tree once grew abundantly on the island of Mauritius. Toward the end of the seventeenth century, botanists noticed that no new seedlings were growing. The tree was dying and they could not figure out why.

By 1970, only thirteen trees were left. Scientists descended on the island to find out what was killing the Tambalacoque tree. The riddle was finally solved with a bird.

Prior to the end of the seventeenth century, a large flightless bird called the Dodo populated the Mauritius. Hungry sailors over-killed this odd-looking cousin of the pigeon and the Dodo went extinct. That nearly spelled doom for the tree as well. Turns out the tree depended on the Dodo. Tambalacoque seeds will not germinate unless they are eaten, digested and excreted by a bird.

Scientists brought in some turkeys to replace the function of the missing Dodos and I am happy to say that the trees are now thriving all over the island.

God illustrates a powerful truth through that dependent relationship. There is interconnectedness to life that we must not miss. Nothing on this planet lives in a vacuum. It is true of trees and birds. It is true of people too. I remember a famous Doctor saying that every time you breath in, you inhale three oxygen molecules that have been inhaled and exhaled by every person that ever lived on the planet.

You breathe the air of Jesus. Makes you want to be careful with what you do with those three molecules doesn’t it.

John Donne once penned these immortal words: “No man is an Island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less . . . any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Great wisdom. We depend on each other in a delicate symbiotic relationship. Every person is uniquely designed to serve a purpose. You are uniquely created for God’s purpose.

 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)

Discover why God made you and start fulfilling your purpose. We need you like a tree needs a bird.

That’s the good news, now have a great day.

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