Stark Reality

Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Let me tell about a dream I had last night.

I saw a barren tree stripped of all its leaves, ready for winter — no green, red, or gold left behind, just stark and naked in the frosty air — so dead looking — just like we feel in lonely times. Then I saw an old man with balding head and wrinkled limbs outstretched, looking like they could not support him through another storm of life, just like the bare branches which sometimes give way under a harsh wind. And then came a frail woman devoid of her much-used makeup when she was young. Both of them had baggy eyes and were in the winter of their lives. They had their suitcases packed, likely ready to go at the Maker's call.

Another springtime season awaits the icy tree, with more sunrises, robins, bees, and butterflies to enjoy. Likewise, for those who have repented of their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, when our final season comes and it is time to shed our earthly dressing — thanks be to God — we are called one day to our heavenly home with Jesus. Can you imagine the rejoicing there will be? We must be ready.

1 Corinthians 15:42-44a – So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. (NKJV)

First we must die, to know the eternal spring that God has promised us. Renewal comes from the touch of the Master's hand, and in His perfect timing, all shall burst forth in keeping with His plan for all creation.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 – Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (NKJV)

Yes, in a little while, death will surely come to all of us and all things. Then will come the victory over death which God has promised for those who have faith in the Lord and have accepted His blessed Son as their Saviour. The old man and woman who withered and died will have bright new bodies filled with the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 21:4 – And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. (NKJV)

We need to believe this in our hearts and to keep the faith, and we will have the victory that Jesus won on the cross. We are forgiven — forgiven eternally. God is in His heaven. He is waiting there for us. We know we are free to live with Him in eternity.

The promise of His plans will be fulfilled, and resurrection (His eternal spring) will happen when King Jesus returns. Believe it — it will be as He has promised.

The stark reality of death has been defeated!

Prayer: Dear Father, we thank You for what You did for us on the cross by sacrificing Your beloved Son — the stark reality of Your Son's death that has ensured for us everlasting life with You in eternity. To God be the glory! In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you so much, June!!

    Good reminder June. God bless.

    Right on. My husband and I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. You almost seemed to describe us. in your devotional.

    Dear friend in Christ,
    This is such an awesome, heart warming message.
    May God continue to bless you as you share your messages.
    Thank you.

    Beautiful. But then FATHER supplied the words to be presented through you, HIS vessel. Thank You. My prayer for you. I ask in JESUS name that YOU, FATHER, rain down blessings of health, happiness & prosperity all the days of June’s life until the last blessing, when YOU lift June home by her hand to her eternal home YOU have prepared for her.

    My Dear June,
    I never look to see who’s writing the Devotional until I get to the bottom!! With every word I was reading, I was shaking my head “yes”!! I was agreeing with every sentence! I was so pleased to see that you had written it!! I want you to know I enjoyed it to the fullest. It was very good. Will be watching patiently for some more.

    Hi June That was quite a devotional brought to life in a dream. Of course the back up scriptures held it all together. As the years have gone by I sometimes reflect on death. But realize it is all in God’s hands. I still try to keep going and admire those of us who are much older than I — still plugging along. Then there are those who have gone Home to be with God. And yes I am still here to Celebrate their Life as it was in a Christian manner. Unfortunately some do suffer in old age homes! WHY I don’t know — even the loss of memory I sometimes think it takes away the hurt for the patient but not for the loved ones that see it as suffering. But who suffers the most? Remember the old Saying — “Only the good die young” Figure that one out?
    God Bless.

    Thanks, needed this one today. Blessings.

    Dear June,
    A very fine devotional. You have loaded it with truths of the future and of our everlasting life that we do not hear often enough. So thanks very much.
    Keep writing.

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