Resurrection Ferns

Monday, April 6, 2009

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies."
I first learned about resurrection ferns while reading the historical novels of one of my favorite authors, Eugenia Price. Most of her books are set on or around my beloved Georgia coast, St. Simons Island. Her books on the beautiful city of Savannah are marvelous. When we built our home and moved to "farm country" almost 2 years ago, I noticed that some of our pecan trees have these resurrection ferns on the main trunks and large branches. They appear dead but after the rain they revive. What an analogy of this great verse from John 11:25 and especially as we prepare to celebrate the GLORIOUS resurrection of Jesus Christ this coming weekend. Resurrection ferns feed off the air and may curl up and look dead, but they aren’t. They’re just surviving... They bloom when they receive lots of water! The resurrection fern gets its name because it can appear dead, but when just a little water is present, the fern will uncurl and reopen, and "resurrect." Sometimes I too may "curl up and look dead" but thankfully, I am not! (I may be in survival mode myself!) But Hallelujah and Praise His Name when the Living Water of Jesus is poured out on me, I will uncurl and open and be alive to Him, and hopefully will remain dead to sin.
Springtime abounds here in Georgia! The hope and power and promise of the Resurrection can be seen, even in the ferns on my pecan trees.
BECAUSE HE LIVES I CAN FACE TOMORROW!
Love, Jan

9 Responses:

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

BECAUSE HE LIVES I CAN FACE TOMORROW!


One of my favorite songs and favorite thoughts.

Happy Easter,
teresa

TammieFay said...

So THAT'S what those are called! I've always wondered...love the analogy!

HisTreasuredPossession said...

just beautiful! thank you!

Holly said...

OH! You know I have been waiting for this post, friend. I have been looking for the story and anticipating the truths gleaned.

I love God's creation!

I love YOU!
holly

Kristib said...

What a perfect illustration for this Holy week! Though we seem dead in our trespasses and sins, yet we live!

Have a wonderful week!

Much love!

Sherry said...

What a beautiful post! I love your blog.

Thanks for visiting mine and leaving your sweet comment. It's always wonderful to "meet" a sister in Christ!

Lindsee Lou said...

That is a great analogy. I loved it because I have never heard of those flowers! Happy Early Easter to you and your precious family, Mrs. Jan! You are a blessing to me!

Fran said...

oh my word!!! That is simply beautiful. I had no idea of such a beautiful piece of nature.

happy Easter Jan. You are well loved and I'm praising God for you.

big hugs,
Fran

Melinda said...

Beautiful...amen and amen! I never cease to be amazed at how God tells His story over and over through nature. It's everywhere we look if we'll just LOOK.

Love you Jan...Happy Easter,
Melinda

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