The Power of Unity

John 17 23

May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. John 17:23

While washing fruit at the kitchen sink one morning, I was feeling great because I was ahead of schedule for the first day of work which was teacher orientation day. Without warning, I heard a loud boom, felt my home shake, and out of the corner of my eye witnessed something fall in the direction of my house.
I screamed, “What is going on?” Frantically, I wondered if there had been an explosion at one of the chemical plants near my home.
My son, Mitch, who had a better view, yelled, “The tree fell down!” Stunned, I went to the sliding glass doors to see that the fifty foot oak tree had indeed fallen down in my backyard. Moments later, I called my husband to tell him. He asked me to check if there was any damage. Miraculously, there was none. The top branches of the tree had missed the kitchen window where I was working by mere inches.
This event took me by surprise because there was no wind or rain to cause the tree to fall. It was a perfectly calm August morning. Perplexed and curious, I walked out to the base of the tree and saw the cause. It was the power of millions of carpenter ants laboring together at the roots of the tree to take it down. WOW! Inspired by the unity of the ants, that day I recognized that no task is too big when we work as one. What a impact Christians could have on the world if we labored and loved each other in perfect unity!
God, I am so grateful that much can be accomplished when we work together for Your kingdom. Amen.
Base of Fallen Tree Window View
Trees By Deck

5 thoughts on “The Power of Unity”

  1. I remember when that happened to you! You certainly turned that event around and used it for a positive.
    Your “unity” message reminded me of Psalm 133 which says, Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.
    Have a great day off!

  2. By working together those ants had the power to take down an oak tree. That’s quite a feat! God’s power in us is so much greater. You’re right. What an impact we could have on the world…..

  3. I would love to share this with some friends of mine on Facebook…..giving you the credit of course. Can you send it to me on Facebook, Suzanne Stephens Bird, or email??? Thank you so much for driving home a very important lesson that is needed in my life!!

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