Friday, April 19, 2013

New Life - Can You See It?


The Cycle of Life

The cycle of life, we see it everywhere. I was out for a walk today and was struck by the beauty and miracle of new life. I saw it in the small flowers sprouting up in the desert ground. I saw it in the beautiful flowering trees. Where once there was death, now there was new life! Spring truly is my favorite season of the year.

What Do YOU See?

As I enjoyed the springtime air and colors, I had a thought -

What do I see when I look at myself?

Do I see new life or only death? How do I look at my body and my health? These were sobering questions to say the least.


What the Word Says

"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 6:4

According to Scripture, we have been given a new life! However, when I considered the systematic collapse of my body, I admit it's been a bit difficult to see new life happening in it. What I needed to do was look beyond my physical symptoms. I had to dig deeper. Just as seeds must be planted deep in the ground to find nourishment before they can sprout up new life, I needed to look deeper within myself to see how God has been providing nourishment for my soul to bring forth a new beginning.

Looking for the Blessings

My friends and I talk about the blessings that have come out of our illnesses. I freely admit that there are many days when I have trouble seeing them, but they are there. As I considered them again today,  this time I didn't have to think very long - 

  • Time - I would not have time to delve into God's Word the way I do now if I was still working full time.
  • New friendships - I have met many wonderful people whose paths I probably would not have crossed if it were not for my health challenges. I have made beautiful and lasting friendships from within the pain community.
  • Strength - While my physical body has weakened, I have become a much stronger person in many other ways. I have learned that I am able to overcome challenges and stand up for my rights. I am moving away from a victim mentality.
  • Outreach - I feel a great sense of purpose through my online support network.  Not only has it allowed me to focus on helping others, but these wonderful people have been there for me during my trials as well.
  • New Gifts - I have come to realize I have been given a gift for writing. God has placed the desire in me to write a book that I hope will help other people living with chronic illnesses.

These are just a few, but you get my point.  It has taken me a few years to be able to see the blessings a midst the ashes. I am finally getting to a place where I can see new life - and the circle continues.

Where do you see new life happening? Can you count your blessings?