We are always promised new life as Christians yet it seems like we spend just as much time attending funerals as we do attending church and one has to wonder why does God choose to take away?
I have come to look at this world as a holding cell of sorts and death being our rescue from this often scary and sad place. Morbid right?
I have met so many Christians who believe we are in the end of days because of all that is going on in the world, in government, politics, war… I wonder to myself when I hear this how many times in history Christians must’ve prepared for the very same reasons.
Preparation though doesn’t mean canning a ton of food and having cases of water stacked up just in case. Preparation is a heart issue, a God issue. If you were to meet our Lord and Father right now would He let you in? If you aren’t sure then it is time to look deep and make some changes. While I am not God and honestly don’t know if I hit the mark, I certainly believe that I do because my heart is in the right place, I do my best to be obedient to Him and to listen for Him to speak to me. It is rarely easy.
New life springs up though even in the craziest of places. So does death. This week, I went to check if my very healthy looking aloe plant needed watered and it fell apart in my hand rotten. What I was seeing –nice plump leaves filled with healing goodness had a rotting base with some sort of bug causing it to literally fall apart all over with just one touch. Life is that fragile and what looks good doesn’t always have good roots and this is why the Bible talks to us so much about where we sow our seeds so that they will take root and grow!
Then there is this plant. Forgotten about ALL summer red from sunburn and dehydration. Found about a month ago and given a drink with little hope. I nearly tossed it instead of watering it but I figured one drink wouldn’t hurt. It perked right up and as you can see has put out new shiny green leaves along with flower buds galore! Why? Because it’s roots and soil were good enough to keep the plant strong.
Outward appearances clearly aren’t what they appear to be. Most days, I look more like the ratty Christmas cactus withered, dusty, old –yet my roots are firmly placed on the Rock of God and my fertilizer is the Word.
Next time you look at the shiny lady who seems to have it all together, pray for her because her roots may be rotten and riddled with bugs just like that Aloe plant.
Praying you all have had a happy weekend.
Tomorrow the Hello Mornings Challenge begins in the book of Mark. I will be joining in on Twitter using the hashtag #HMCCT so if you see me tweeting feel free to ask questions, join in and tweet back!!