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Saturday, 17 October 2020

Springtime resurrection

I have been quite busy lately, and have not been able to put together a post I have in mind, so I thought I would re post one of the articles I wrote some time back, which speaks  about looking forward to both physical and spiritual brighter days.  I called it 'Springtime resurrection'.

Springtime!  What a perfect example of resurrection.  I look at the cherry tree in my garden at that time of year and see life that has lain hidden for months shoot forth in new form from the branches of the tree that has stood firm through Winter's harshness protecting all that lay within.  How clearly it reveals to me the protection of the Lord as I struggle to live the life of a Christian in this world, endeavouring to run and win the race that is set before me. 

I am being formed in Christ, being created in the image of the One within whom I rest, as I learn God's ways.  I am encouraged through all that I see in this example of nature's time of renewal as the branches start to sprout buds which in their turn become both leaves and blossom which will play their individual parts in the tree bearing fruit and reproducing, and I am captivated by the fact that the parent tree has given the protection from the elements that is essential before this new creation can emerge.
Just as the new life began to form in the darkest season, so too did Jesus enter into my life at its darkest time.  Just as the life of the tree is within  the new creation that it will form and the new creation lies within  the tree at its most vulnerable stage in Winter, and even when Spring arrives must stay connected to live, so too a Christian must hide in Christ at a very young age and stay connected, even when mature, to live.  
In the book of John, ch.11 v.25 Jesus says that He is the resurrection and the life, and it is belief in Him that causes one to have that 'life'.  In the same way that the tree contains every thing within itself to protect and bring forth its own new life, Jesus has within Himself, through the Word of God, everything that will protect us from the world's destructive influence, and that will conform us to His image.

If God is for me

If God is for me who can be my foe?
that the Master loves me is all I need to know
Can tribulation, trial and fear
make me give up hope when my Lord is near
can worldly woes and misery
keep me tightly bound when I've been set free?
No, God the Father heard my cry

long ago He sent His Son to die
The perfect, spotless lamb was slain
to free man from sin's filth and pain
and now this sin - my enemy
always crouching at my door
at Jesus' name must bow the knee
and trouble me no more

Throughout the Winter, though the elements may pound against my cherry tree, the forming of the new branches that will appear in the Spring goes on within.  So too if I remain within the protection of Christ the tree of life, being nurtured by His substance, I shall attain that resurrection from the death of my sinful state and be conformed into His sinless image, just as my loving Heavenly Father has desired.

I say a prayer to Jesus

I say a prayer to Jesus 
to the One who always hears
to the Holy One of Isra-el 
who wipes away all tears
Great reader of hearts 
and Spirit of truth
guide us dear Lord 
in our days of youth
My prayer is for wisdom 
to know what is right
Oh send us the fire 
to lighten our night

Make our pathways straight Lord
teach us to lean on You 
lead us by Your Spirit Lord
with Your word so pure and true
We love You Lord as children
who love a Father dear
we cry to You to comfort us and know that You will hear
We know the world is treacherous in this the evil day
so guide our feet dear Father along the narrow way
One thing we've known for certain from the day of our rebirth
is that He who lives within us is greater than he that is on this earth

  'I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.   He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes that it will be even more fruitful.   You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.   Remain in me, as I also remain in you.   No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.   Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.   I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;  apart from me you can do nothing.    If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.   If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.    This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.'     John ch. 15 vs.1-8


Aritha said...

I am very thankful for this repost. I prayed for you a bit, dear sister. Let's follow Him, day in and day out till we are Home with the Lord.

Love the Bibleverses in your blogpost today.

Sandi said...

"...a Christian must hide in Christ at a very young age and stay connected, even when mature, to live."

This is so true, Brenda.

It's good to see you are blogging here a bit more. Glad to see you.

I have posted a few things too lately. I guess I am not done yet!

Brenda said...

Hi Aritha,
thank you for praying for me, always welcome. Amen to following him day in and day out until we are home with Him. God bless.

Brenda said...

Hi Sandi,
strangely enough, the post I decided to put up gives roughly the same message as the one I was going to put together. May God guide us Keep us in Jesus, and give us what we have to share with one another until He comes again.
God bless.

David C Brown said...

We can look forward with hope; indeed Christ Jesus is our Hope.

Laurie Collett said...

Beautiful post, Brenda, with meaningful poems reflecting Scriptural truth. I have always loved cherry blossoms and was blessed one spring to see them in our nation's Capital. The girls' school I attended had a long driveway lined with weeping cherry trees -- so beautiful in bloom. May God bless you and your lovely ministry.

Frank E. Blasi said...

Dear Brenda,
As we approach Winter, it's good to look forward to Spring. As the eggs symbolise the start of new life, the trees bud into leaf and flowers burst into bloom, so Jesus Christ rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion and burial, to give new life to everyone who believes.
May God bless you richly.

RCUBEs said...

The flowers from the cherry tree are always a sight to see! It's good to go back with old posts/writings and the Lord's guidance and wisdom from them is worth being re read and be reminded that He is always faithful. Thank you for sharing with us and the beautiful poem! May our roots go down deeper in His ground of love! Blessings to you sister Brenda.

Brenda said...

Hi David,
Yes, Jesus is the only hope we have when it comes to being reconciled back to the Father. God bless.

Brenda said...

Hi Laurie,
I have always loved cherry blossoms too. Unfortunately, that tree was in our home in West Wales, but we have lovely plants here too. God bless Laurie.

Brenda said...

Hi Frank,
so true, in Jesus we have new life when we believe, and what a wonderful life we have to look forward to when we live eternally in a beautiful place of love with our Saviour. God bless you and Alex.

Brenda said...

Yes indeed my sister, may our roots go down deeper into our lovely Lord as we learn God's ways in Him. He is all we need in these times of a troublesome world. God bless.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you for your visit, and for this post Brenda.

God bless always.

Brenda said...

You are very welcome Victor, God bless

Laurie Collett said...

Hi Brenda,
The incredible variety as well as beauty of God's creation always amazes me. In my birth state, we had beautiful and fragrant lilacs as well as cherry trees. Florida lacks these but has an awesome variety of other beautiful plants to enjoy. May God bless you richly,

Brenda said...

Hi Laurie,
We had beautiful lilac bushes in our garden in the house I was brought up in in Wales. I adore gardens with beautiful plants in and have made sure they were in every house we have lived in, wherever we have lived.
God bless you richly with all He has for us in Jesus too Laurie.

Laurie Collett said...

Hi Brenda,
Sadly I have no green thumb at all, but I truly appreciate flowers and plants of all kinds. The most beautiful garden I have ever visited is Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada. The mild climate and frequent rains encourage flowers all over the island, which is sometimes called the Island of Gardens, but the masterful design of Butchart is truly awe-inspiring. Well worth the visit if you ever have the opportunity. God bless you Brenda.

Brenda said...

Hi Laurie, I think we have done so much traveling in our married life that it is time to stop. We have been to Calgary and Toronto in Canada and enjoyed our times there. I have to say the most beautiful garden I have ever seen is the one I encountered in my near death experience, and in these times we do not know what tomorrow brings God bless you and yours Laurie.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

God bless.

Brenda said...

God bless you too Victor.