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New Shoots

Read John 11: 38-44 Jesus raises Lazarus

Jesus told her, "I am the one who raises the dead and gives them life again. Anyone who believes in me, even though he dies like anyone else, shall live again. He is given eternal life for believing in me and shall never perish. Do you believe this, Martha?" John 11: 25 (TLB)

Olaiya Muyiwa Benralph lives in the Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria. Beautiful Queen of the Night flowers grew in their yard. Her family loved to stay up late and enjoy their pleasant fragrance. However, during last year's dry season, a fire destroyed every plant around their house. They did not expect to be able to enjoy those flowers again, but as the rains started falling this year, new and beautiful shoots of this wonderful plant surprisingly sprouted in the yard.

The shoots had died in the fire, but the roots remained safe in the ground until the rains brought them new life. This made Olaiya think about how God, through Christ, renews us. When we are overcome by troubles or despair, we can trust God and patiently wait like the roots of our Queen of the Night flower. When we miss opportunities for growth, experience delays, or our prayers are not answered as we expect, we always have the hope of new life when we remain rooted in Christ.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to trust in you even when we don't see your presence. Grant us patience, for we know you can bring new life out of every situation, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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