When Death Valley Blooms

02_deathvalleybloom-national-geographicRecently, National Geographic posted beautiful pictures of one of the hottest and driest places on earth, which is aptly named Death Valley.

Due to an unusual amount of rainfall, this valley has had what is called a “Super Bloom” in which flowers have burst forth everywhere.

It reminds me of the spiritual life.

Within every heart is the potential for Godly beauty to arise. The seeds are lying dormant.  With the waters of baptism as well as tears shed over our sins, the once dead, stony heart in everyone of us has the potential to “Super Bloom,” as Death Valley has.

Should we continue in repentance, the roots will grow deeper as our hearts are purified and we noetically see God.  Then when dry spells come, these “dark nights of the soul” that are allowed in order to test us, our established roots will keep us alive as grace invisibly works within us, deepening our love for God.

No person is a lost case. Every heart, even the driest, has this potential for beauty.

For more photos of Death Valley blooming: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160302-death-valley-super-bloom-wildflowers-weather/

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Growing up in non-denominational churches, I became weary of many practices in the church. I decided it was time to find a church that enabled me to grow in my faith and talents, but that was also theologically deep. I was drawn to the Eastern Orthodox Church for several reasons. Check out my blog which details my journey into this ancient faith.

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