Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Thoughts

Death and Life

I was thinking about what to post for Easter and I initially thought about a photo of an Easter Lily.  But today, Saturday, while on a ride in our RZRs, I saw this scene and immediately knew this would be my Easter post.

 The day started out with perfect weather, deep blue skies, puffy white clouds and pretty scenery.  But by late afternoon, we were riding through acres and acres of dead and blackened trees, remnants from a previous forest fire.  To add to the scene, the sky had clouded over with dark and ominous looking clouds.  We drove on for several miles, then rounded a bend and came across this scene, where these beautiful spring flowers had popped up among the dead trees.  Death and Life. 

God reveals His divine plan for us in many ways if we just look, listen and feel.  We can read about it in His scriptures, we can ask about it through personal prayer and receive personal confirmation.  And, we can observe the workings of the world He created for us, which in many ways symbolizes death and rebirth.  We celebrate Easter in the spring, when the earth awakens and comes alive again after a long winter's sleep that represents death.  And even when forces of nature, such as fire, kills all living things, we know that eventually life will win over death, the grass will return, the flowers will return, and the trees will return.

God has given us the greatest gift of being born again, or being resurrected, and He sent His beloved son Jesus Christ to show us the way.  It doesn't matter if we die in the Spring of life, or in the winter of life, or some where in between.  It doesn't matter what our life's circumstances have been, whether we have led a charmed life, or a troubled life.  Eventually the ominous clouds will gather and we will die.   But because of the resurrection and atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we will all live again to meet our Redeemer and be reunited with our loved ones!!

'Oh what comfort this sweet sentence gives, 
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"'  
(I know That My Redeemer Lives

I hope you have a peaceful Easter Sunday.

P.S.  This photo was taken with my iphone.  I was sitting on the ground and had the phone resting on my foot for a low angle and to keep it steady.  I did a fair amount of post processing as well.




Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Beautiful, Karen..
Happy Easter!

holdingmoments said...

Perfect title for a perfect picture.

That would grace anyone's wall.

Mersad said...

The image fits the theme so well. And kudos for making it look perfect with your iPhone. Really outstanding. I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Easter!

Mersad Donko Photography

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thank-you for sharing this image and these beautiful poignant words.It is so true that life wins,because of a risen Savior. Have a Blessed Easter.

S. Etole said...

What a fitting image along with your words. Blessings for a wonderful Easter.

Robin Lamb said...

Karen, lovely! Hope you Easter is too!

Montanagirl said...

This photo really touched me - inside and out. It's just breathtaking, and says so much. I really like what you wrote too.

Lisa said...

Amen Karen, Thank you for writing such a beautiful post.

Happy Easter.

Suzanne said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful image. Perfect representation of death and life, darkness and light, new beginnings.