There’s one thing that’s for sure and for certain on this earth. Once something is dead, it’s not coming back. I thought about that when I saw this sight in Shenandoah National Park on a beautiful fall day in 2017.
In a way, this bare tree was the picture of stark and desolate beauty, contrasting against a lovely, blue autumn sky and surrounded by life on every side. It sits here as a memorial, reminding us that life doesn’t last forever.
But read the Bible, and you’ll see a whole new perspective about life and about death. Life can come from death – and a better life than you could ever dream of.
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins…” Colossians 2:13.
I was dead in my sins. No two ways about it. Dead to God. Dead to hope. Dead to purpose. Then I realized I was a sinner and needed a Savior, and I confessed that to God.
Through Christ, God made me alive and forgave all my sins. I’m more alive than I’ve ever been. This new life in Christ means I have His eyes. I see things I’ve never seen before – the value and worth of others and the pain they feel. I have His mind and think in ways I didn’t before – I care that my life honors God and encourages others. I have hope I didn’t have before – He strengthens me and gives me joy, even in the midst of adversity. I’m aware of His leading and direction in my life, and my desire is to live for His glory.
When I die to my old life and receive new life in Christ, it’s the best life ever, and there’s nothing worth going back for.