I took this picture last winter while out hiking with two dear friends. It was a chilly, overcast day. The river was dark and muddy; not particularly pretty. We walked on for miles staying on the lookout for the bald eagles that use this river as one of their major hunting sources. Something sparkling caught my eye and I walked down to the river’s edge. There at the edge were several clumps of these crystalized leaves; gorgeous and magnificent shimmering on the water’s edge. I was in wonder once again of the never ending depth of God’s creative power in what appears to be dead, dried up and useless.
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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. Romans 6:3-4
Nature speaks to me over and over again of God’s resurrection power. This journey of Lent is a road that leads to death; horrible, awful death. There is no getting around it, denying it or making it look pretty. Christ suffered immensely for us but that is not where the journey ends. We as humans, we as Christians, too often get stuck in the death and dying. We should never deny the road Jesus had to walk for us, but we dishonor Him if our faith stops there. The real gift is life out of death! If we hand our dried up old leaves to the Lord, He will transform us in ways we could never imagine.
His Love Makes Us Sparkle,