Have you heard of the resurrection fern? Jackie shares a beautiful description of how this represents our life with illness.
“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom, like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.” (Isaiah 35:1)
Have you ever heard of the Resurrection Fern? I hadn’t until a very dear friend wrote me and told me that I resemble one. After I read about this fern, I felt honored that she felt that way and wanted to do my best to live up to its meaning.
It seems that this fern holds fast to the oak tree for its very sustenance. Until it rains, this little fern turns brown, curls up , and is very nondescript. Then when it does rain, it unfurls into a vibrant, deep emerald green plant, basking in the rain.
How often do we feel more like the fern that is all shriveled up and brown? We all have days when we are dealing with unrelenting pain, frustration with our physicians, and inept doctor’s offices. Or we lose our patience with insurance companies who want to deny our medication.
Some days it just seems to be too much.
We’ve all been there. These are our wilderness and desert days that can be so dreary. Yet something very unusual can happen in the depth of our frustration.
God in myriad ways brushes our hearts and rains peace and hope upon us. We are made like the beautiful Resurrection Fern that reaches out its deep green tendrils and says that we can rise again from desolation to joyous living.
Refreshing ourselves in His Presence causes us to unfurl into a living, vibrant spirit that is not defined by our illness but by our soaking up His Presence.
Prayer: Dearest Lord, we look to You for sustenance. In our wilderness days, thank You that you don’t leave us there. Thank You for bringing newness of life when we wait on You. Help us to blossom even in the desert. Amen.
About the author:
Jackie Smith lives at the foot of the magnificent Smoky Mountains in Knoxville, TN. She has Sjogren’s and migraines. Jackie had a bilateral mastectomy over 25 years ago. She says that it is a wonderful blessing to be a survivor. A few years ago she had to have her colon removed, necessitating an ileostomy. Jackie received her master’s degree in Child and Family Services. While she has never been able to work using her degree, it’s been an asset with her husband, 5 children and 12 grandchildren. Her writing about God’s exuberant love is one of her greatest joys.
Are you setting aside precious time to be with the Lord in order to thrive like the Resurrection Fern?
Can beauty really come from pain? Oh yes! In fact, this is God’s specialty! I hope you enjoy this song, “Beauty From Pain” with Superchick. Never think things are too far gone for God to be able to create that masterpiece from your mess. It’s never too late! -Lisa