Aspen trees are an amazing creation. They live in clonal colonies which began from one single seedling. The tree sends out root suckers which sprout and begin other trees. So when you see a grove of aspens--they are all connected by their root system. The life of the trees is 40-150 years, but amazingly the root system can be thousands of years old. As the trees die from old age, the root system sends out new suckers to grow the next generation of trees. These ancient woodlands have root systems deep within the earth--deep enough to escape the heat of forest fires. When the colony's trees are destroyed by a forest fire, the root system sends out new suckers and the colony continues to live through the new growth.
The trees are sought after in the cooler regions of our country since they are fast growing and self reforesting. They are sometimes harvested and used for match sticks, making paper, or as the interior wood of saunas.
The one thing the grove cannot tolerate is the lack of sunlight. New shoots do not stand a chance in an old established colony when the canopy prevents the sunlight from reaching the new growth.
As I reread the facts of the aspen colonies, I was reminded of mankind. God created us from a single man, and we are replaced by our young as we age. Protected by God's provision we are a community with many talents and uses--all created by the hand of the Great Creator.
The one thing essential for eternal life is the Sonlight of our Creator. The Sonlight assures a life well lived while amongst the colony and more important a life eternal once we fall to the ground. Sunlight is essential for the aspens and Sonlight is essential for mankind--without it life becomes bleak and we wither and die.
Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.