Scientists have discovered that neighboring trees’ roots become interconnected underground, forming a larger system. They communicate and share nutrients.1, 2
In the same way, couples are supposed to be so intertwined that they form one ecosystem, a seamless union in which as one ANR woman put it, one member of the couple can say “I don’t know where I end and you begin.”
I don’t see how an honest observer can peer into God’s creation and fail to notice this synergistic, symbiotic intimacy everywhere.
I and the Father are one.
– Jesus Christ, John 10:30
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
– Jesus Christ, John 15
See also: The beautiful tracer experiment
1. Do Trees Talk to Each Other? | Science | Smithsonian Magazine: “For young saplings in a deeply shaded part of the forest, the network is literally a lifeline. Lacking the sunlight to photosynthesize, they survive because big trees, including their parents, pump sugar into their roots through the network. [Forester Peter] Wohlleben likes to say that mother trees ‘suckle their young,’ which both stretches a metaphor and gets the point across vividly.”
“Mother trees are the biggest, oldest trees in the forest with the most fungal connections. They’re not necessarily female, but [scientist Suzanne] Simard sees them in a nurturing, supportive, maternal role. With their deep roots, they draw up water and make it available to shallow-rooted seedlings. They help neighboring trees by sending them nutrients, and when the neighbors are struggling, mother trees detect their distress signals and increase the flow of nutrients accordingly.”