Monday, June 3, 2013

Lessons from A to Z ~ Life Abundant

Springtime came a little late here in Pullman. In fact, we almost skipped it altogether! One week there was still frost on the ground in the mornings, the next week it was 70 degrees outside and we were barbequing. With the warm weather, came my eager anticipation for all of our flowers to bloom! Each day I watched our colorless gardens, waiting for the first flowers to come out. And finally now, a few weeks into spring, we have an abundance of life blooming!

One example that Abby marveled at the other day was a Poppy in our yard. The Poppy has the most interesting large, pale green, fuzzy bud. She didn’t yet know what it was, but couldn’t help break one open, just to see what was inside. There she found beautiful, delicate ruffles of petals just waiting to pop.  This week the first of our Poppies opened and she got to see the incredible flower in all its vibrant glory.

With all this life blossoming around us, I can’t help but think of Zoe and her baptism this month. Much like a flowering Poppy, baptism is an outward sign of a new vibrant life within.  It is the symbol of a new life in Christ. Not only that, but Zoe’s name literally means “life” in Greek. And anyone who knows her can attest she is bursting with spunk and life! One of my favorite verses using her name is John 10:10, “I came that they may have LIFE [zoë], and have it abundantly.” Not just biological life (“bios”), but an abundant, vibrant quality of life (“zoë”)!
Zoe - waving to Resonate Church after getting baptazed

As her mother, I have watched her life begin and grow in eager anticipation.  God put a lot of spunk and spirit into such a small little bud!  And now I am so thankful, humbled and excited to see the vibrant things God does in and through her life.  No longer just a little bud, God has given Zoe a colorful, vibrant, abundant life in Him.

I came that they may have life
and have it abundantly.
~ John 10:10

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