“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)
At the end of summer we approach the threshold of beautiful fall colors in the trees all around us. As you enjoy the explosion of colors this year consider the words God speaks to us through nature every fall.
Since fall’s beautiful colors are produced by the death of leaves, the word God is speaking to us is that death can be beautiful. In many ways the most beautiful reality you and I encounter in our three or four score years on earth is the death of our Lord Jesus Christ that makes it possible for us to experience salvation and enter heaven.
The Apostle Paul tells us the Gospel is that Christ died so we might live – and now it is our turn. We must die (to ourselves) so Christ may live through us. (Galatians 2:20) That means our deaths to ourselves can be beautiful.
Every spring God speaks another word to us. That word is seen through all the resurrection around us as we see black trunks and bare branches of trees we thought were dead sprout to life and bloom.
The Latin root meaning of the word rehabilitation is “to invest again with dignity.”
Do we have the faith to believe God can bring to life that which we thought was dead? Can we apply that thought to our own lives, to the lives of our children, and to people we know and love?
Dick Woodward, 04 September 2012