Arise

And last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.
1 Corinthians 15:8

My grandma called them “jump-up lilies.” They’re bulbs that yield a mass of long, smooth leaves in the spring. The leaves are thick and green. For all their promise, though, they die back in early summer without so much as a single bloom.

The plant spends the majority of the summer dying slowly and looking unsightly. Finally, I clean all the dead leaves away, leaving bare dirt where they grew. They look finished. Done. No sign of life. Definitely past hope. I know better. I’ve had these lilies for years, and I know the best is yet to come.

In late summer, when the rest of the garden is drooping, I look out one day and find long stems and blooms where there was not even a hint of life. These lilies spring up so quickly, it appears they have leaped ut of the ground.

They always fill my heart with joy. They don’t seem to care they are breaking all the rules. They burst out of the ground at the bidding of the Creator the moment the buds are mature.

The Apostle Paul was the one called by God after Jesus had been crucified, resurrected, and returned to the Father. He compared himself to one born “out of due time” (NKJV). God’s timing, however, is flawless. God knew what would best give Paul the humility he needed to become a vessel of honor and servant of high calling.

Maybe you once grew up green and full of promise. Perhaps your faith has been scorched to the point you have died back to the dirt. An empty field lies where you expected a harvest. Disappointment has killed your joy. Your struggle to live for God has not produced any visible fruit. More than once, you’ve been tempted to give up.

Deep inside, beneath the apparent barrenness, there is life. God is at work. He has plans to bring you to a place of fruitfulness at the perfect moment.

Wait for it. Wait for it.

It’s coming. Joy is on the way. Cling with all your strength to every promise in God’s Word. You have not been abandoned or forgotten. On the contrary, you’re growing just as He planned.

You were created for this time. You are God’s workmanship, a thing of beauty, awaiting the moment He commands, “Arise.”

So hang on. Wait in faith. Believe in a faithful Creator who will finish the amazing work He is doing in you. It will be worth every tear, each desperate prayer, all your trust. The seasons are changing; the earth is stirring.

Arise.

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by Pam Thorson

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Pam was born at the Millington Naval Base outside of Memphis, Tennessee, the first child of a Wisconsin navy seaman and a Southern belle. Her early life was marked by many moves around the country as her father pursued a career in broadcasting. After traveling throughout the deep South and the Pacific Northwest, the family finally settled on the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) reservation in Idaho. Pam met her wonderful husband during college, set her roots down deep along the banks of the Clearwater River, and happily began a home and family. Pam and Aaron educated all five of their children at home. They began homeschooling in 1982 and graduated their youngest daughter in 2006. Pam and Aaron have been married forty-one years. They have five grown children, two sets of precious in-laws, and two beautiful granddaughters. Pam has long loved to write. She began writing for the local college newspaper and homeschooling group. Later she authored many devotionals for her church and an article for Evangel. In 2008 she wrote Song in the Night, the true account of her son’s injury in Canada, their fight to keep the doctors from pulling the plug, and the subsequent journey back home. Her second book is due for release by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in early 2014. In 2000, Pam became certified as a nurses’ aide to care for their injured son. She and her family have operated a certified family home licensed by the state of Idaho since 2000. In 2011, she completed the practical nurse program at Walla Walla Community College and earned her license as an LPN. Her conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1975 set her on a journey with her Savior spanning nearly four decades. Her love for and devotion to life has come from this association with her Creator. Pam adores her husband, her family, and friends. She enjoys her beautiful little log home, good coffee, the sound of the river at night, and just about any kind of Christian music.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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