Renewed Life

As I was preparing my garden for the fall planting, I had to remove some of the dead plants from the spring planting. Most of the plants had completely dried up and died. The main reason for that was back in June, we had some devastating rain storms and animals getting into the garden eating most of the plants. After that point, I just let the garden go, not really expecting any more.

Two of the plants that were both eaten down and blown down by the winds and rains, were my tomato and green pepper plants. I had already received a good number of green peppers from the pepper plants, so I was not really concerned about them.

However, with the tomato plants, I had not received any tomatoes by that point. There were many growing, but were still green. I was very disappointed at the loss.

As I said at the beginning, I was beginning to remove all the dead plants. When I got to the green pepper and tomato plants I was surprised to find out that neither set had died. Over the last week I have already pulled about ten green peppers and have several dozen more just about ready to be picked.

For the tomato plants, there were many flowers on them about ready to produce a tomato. There were also a good number of green tomatoes already forming. Within the next two weeks some of the tomatoes should be ready for the picking.

I was very excited about the life these plants had. It was a renewed life, after what I thought was a confirmed death sentence.

Thinking about my garden made me think about life. Often we go through life and hit some devastating event in our lives. We think that everything is over and nothing more can happen. These events can be a death of a loved one, loss of a job, sickness, injury, or some other great event. Other times it can be smaller events, but still just as disappointing and discouraging.

Believers in Jesus do not need to give up as though life is over.

When Jesus died, He was placed in a grave for three days. It looked like life was over and the battle was lost. However, after three days, Jesus rose again with a renewed life.

I do not know or understand how Jesus was able to come back to life. All I know is that God did it in His great power.

I do not understand how my green pepper and tomato plants survived. I do not know how they had a renewed life. Again, it is only by the power and grace of God that they survived.

You may be going through or just went through some great struggle in your life. You may feel like that life is over, all joy is gone, that there is no more hope left.

Jesus wants to give you a renewed life. He wants you to live again for all eternity. Look to Jesus and trust His power in your life. Allow Him to fill you up with His life. Live a renewed life.

Your life is not over yet. With this renewed life, you can produce thirty, sixty, or hundred fold the fruit God has placed in your life. God has more in plan for your life, if you will let Him do it through you and not give up.

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