Saturday, February 11, 2012

Nipped in the Bud

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.  (Romans 6:4-5, KJV)

The inevitable happened overnight.  Winter returned and nipped spring right in the bud!  My daffodils are hanging their heads mournfully because they have been stripped of their glory by winter's stormy blast.  Hopefully the buds that have prematurely formed on the spring flowers and shrubbery have matured enough that this setback won't kill them altogether.  When sunshine and warmer temperatures return, I'm betting on the flowers to make it and to bloom with even greater vigor!

Life is full of setbacks.  Our ability to weather the harsh seasons of life will largely be determined by our level of spiritual maturity and the growth we have achieved in our relationship with Christ.  Are you rooted deeply enough in your relationship with Him and in your knowledge of His Word that you can withstand the adverse circumstances that assault you from time to time?  None of us is impervious to pain, discouragement, and failure, but in Christ we have newness of life and the hope of victory because of His resurrection.  Just as He emerged from the tomb three days after His crucifixion, so we too have the hope of surviving and thriving in spite of hard times and difficult challenges.

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