Photo and Commentary ©2020 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, October 26, 2020

I was passing through a small town recently and stopped at their rock shop. They had a section outside where there were rough pieces of local (and also pieces from Arizona) petrified wood that they were selling by the pound. Petrified wood is the state gem of Washington and you can see some good examples of it at Ginko Petrified Forest State Park.

The person who sold this to me said that it was oak. Even though there’s no wood left, if you know what to look for, you can see cell structure using a microscope and identify the type of tree the wood came from initially.

Petrified wood is pretty amazing. This particular piece still kept much of its original look. If you were to see it on the road while you were walking along, you might try to kick what looked like some wood off the road and wind up with a stubbed toe!

Petrified wood is formed when wood is covered up quickly like in an avalanche or mudflow from a volcano or sediment. Instead of rotting like it would on the surface where there is oxygen, the wood cells are replaced by minerals which are carried into it from water. Different minerals can turn the wood different colors. When this process is complete, what was wood is now something totally new and different.

This process kind of reminds me of becoming a new person when we decide to follow Christ.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)