In the lead up to Easter my friend was remembering the Black Saturday fires that happened nearly 10 years ago in Victoria. This fire ravaged a national park and annihilated homes and 173 lives.
The surrounding area was left bare and black.
But that was not the end of the story. Over time the black charcoaled trunks began to sprout shoots of green. The green shoots became lush leaves and soon the colour started to return to the landscape.
If you look hard enough, you can still see the black scars left behind. But they no longer become the dominant feature and soon the lush foliage and flowers flourish.
This is a great analogy for our Easter weekend. It starts off with the harsh crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday, wiping out all hope of a future for God’s people. But it doesn’t end there.
As Sunday comes we start to hear glimmers of hope – an empty tomb, a sighting, a confirmation. And soon the tree has come back to life and there is hope again.
Good Friday is brutal, and the scars can still be seen. But we live in the assurance that Jesus rose on the third day and continues to live and love today.
Lord, no matter what is happening in my life may I always look to the glimmer of hope that You have confirmed on Easter Sunday. Amen.
Where are you seeing glimmers of hope and new life in your life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.