Romans 6:4 – We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (NIV)
After having spent several winter months in the southern United States, as spring fast approached, I watched as the trees once more became lush green, adding new life to what had grown dull.
The time came for us to return home. We left by car and slowly picked our way north. As we drove along the road, I observed that the buds on the trees were more folded up, and, the further north we travelled, the tighter the buds became.
Upon arriving home, I had to wait for some time for the buds on the trees to unfold into leaf, giving new life in God's timing.
This is an analogy of how, on our life's journey, our spiritual life, though abundant, can, for a time, seem to fold up into a dormant state and become dull. If we trust in God's timing, life will once more unfold and bloom in our hearts again.
So, if we seem today to be in a dormant state of mind or spirit, through the loss of something or of someone we loved, we must not fret, for in Christ we will once more unfold and enjoy the abundant life God has given to us.
Ezekiel 31:9 – I made it beautiful with abundant branches, the envy of all the trees of Eden in the garden of God. (NIV)
Prayer: Thank you, Father. Though at times we become dormant and folded up in ourselves, tightened like the buds of a tree, we look forward to the day set by You, to once more regain our zest for the abundant life You have made for us. Help us to trust You for life made new. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.