The Circle of Life

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There’s an order to life that is at the same time both simple and profound.  It is simple in its predictability; it is profound in its impact. We know, for example that one season follows another, that winter comes before spring, and that spring comes before summer.  We know that life comes before death, and that new life comes after that. We know that joy and sorrow go together, for without sorrows, joy can never be complete.  We know at the sunrise, that sunset must soon follow…

Maybe you can say that there is order in not only this life, but in the universe in which we live.

Some would tell us that everything in this universe is by random chance, but I don’t believe them.  Randomness is a lie! There is order all around us in nature, there is order in the cycles of life.  Consider the evergreen. It remains green all the year long,  it provides a perch for the snow that falls on an earth gone dormant for the winter. Yet right on the same branch with the snow is the pine cone, which ensures that when the snow has melted there will be new life upon the earth; there is a plan to all of this!

The very same God who planned and created the universe has seen to it that it will continue to carry on in an ordered way.

The same is true in our lives, for we too will go through seasons and cycles, and yet as we approach the day of physical death, we know that we will never die spiritually.  We know that we will pass from the mortal state into the immortal just as surely as the seeds from the pine cone will bring about a new tree.  We know this because the God who created the entire universe has ordained that it be so through the work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the final analysis, after all of the debates have ended, our eternity is every bit as sure as the sunrise in the morning, the coming of spring, and the cycles of life.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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7 Responses to The Circle of Life


    Truly awesome, Amen!

  2. Tom says:

    Amen! Good to remember in the craziness of life.

  3. bargo says:

    I love Pine trees but I like Fir trees more, balsam fir from Maine are the best! Oh Yes Tannenbaum! (Tenenbaum is the Polish varian)

    Even the God engineered green tree is the Circle of life. It sometimes takes death to be born again. Fire is the mechanism by which the forest is continually regenerated,. Fires consume dead, decaying vegetation accumulating on the forest floor, thereby clearing the way for new growth. Some species, such as the jack pine, even rely on fire to spread their seeds. The jack pine produces resin-filled cones that are very durable. The cones remain dormant until a fire occurs and melts the resin. Then the cones pop open and the seeds blow out. Will you leave behind healthy seeds/sapling when you have finished the race?

    On side note, Operation Tannenbaum, was the code name for the planned invasion of neutral Switzerland by Nazi Germany. How quaint…

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