Unless it Dies...

I’ve been meditating and thinking on this verse today:

“what you sow does not come to life unless it dies.” 1 Corinthians 15:36

And it reminded me of what Jesus said in John 12:24:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

A seed must die and be buried before it can produce new life.

If all seems dark and dead and it feels like I’ve been buried – maybe I’m really just being planted – and maybe God is about to do something new.

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19

God is the expert at bringing dead things to life, of making ways through the wilderness where there is no way, of turning deserts into gardens and producing bountiful harvests from tiny dead seeds.

It’s pretty incredible, really…how He can take something old and dead and make it new and alive. Like He did for me, and for all who believe in Him.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Just as He gives new life to those who believe in Him, He can breathe new life into the broken parts of our stories, too.

The old is passed away, and all things are made new.

But there is a dying in the process – new life is not possible apart from death.

So maybe that thing that is dying…that place where you are that seems so dark and feels like death…that hard thing that is leaving you feeling buried and alone…maybe, just maybe, you are not being buried so much as you are being planted.

So when you feel buried and things get dark and light is hard to find...hold on – He is doing what only He can do and working a miracle through the dying, bringing something new to life from the broken and buried pieces.

This is the hope we have in our resurrected Lord – that the dead can be given new life – and that death is not the end of the story, but a beautiful new beginning.