The Sahara Desert remains one of the most inhospitable places on our planet. The temperatures in this desolate area can range from 32 degrees at night up to 120 degrees during the day. This desert in Africa is the hottest and driest place on the record. The massive desert covers over 1.7 million square miles of the African Continent. Flying from Kenya to London provided me the only opportunity to witness this enormous desert, and I found the sheer size of it very awe-inspiring.
Recently, I learned of a plant that survives in the Sahara. The plant is called the Resurrection Plant. This plant can go years without water as it gets blown across the vast emptiness of the region. Some experts believe it can survive as much as a hundred years in the dormant state. But once it finds even the tiniest amount of water, the plant will come back to life and begin to bloom again. The resurrected plant may only last a few days before it dries up once again.
John 4:14 (NLT) But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
The story of the Resurrection plant reminded me of the Christian faith. Like the plant blowing around the desert, we appear dead without the living water of Christ to bring us back to life. Once we accept Christ, His living waters flow through us and sustain us. We begin to bloom again. Once we die to this life, the living water of Christ will give us eternal life in heaven.
The Resurrection plant survives in a hostile environment with extreme ranges in temperatures. Our time on this planet will present us with many harsh situations also. The heat of anger or the cold shoulder of disappointment will fill our days. But the love of Christ will enable us to survive our hostile world. Christ will make us bloom again.
John 11:25 (NIV) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
Whenever you feel yourself blowing around in the winds of this life, remember the desert Resurrection plant. If God can resurrect a plant from the Sahara desert even after it has been dead for years, He can revive you from your problems too. Just plug into the living waters and refresh your soul.
Yvonne – blogger, speaker and author
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”