Blooms and Scripture 7

Swamp Hibiscus - native plant in this area

Swamp Hibiscus – native plant in this area

Pink Hibiscus - don't remember the variety

Pink Hibiscus – don’t remember the variety

The swamp hibiscus is new this year. The pink one has been fantastic for several years. I’ve used several pictures of it in the blog.

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,” 2 Peter 1:5 ESV

By God’s Power, We Live

Hibiscus Plant

This Hibiscus plant is one of our favorites every year. It continues to put out blooms all summer long. During the winter it dies back to the ground and leaves a skeleton of dead branches. But, in early spring, the new shoots begin to show above the ground and by the end of spring it’s grown back to this size. Amazing how God brings life back to it!

It reminds me of Ezekiel in the Valley of Dry Bones, as God gave us a picture of His power to give life to the dead – such as with us sinners who were dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1), but now live through Jesus’ sacrifice.

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones…he said to me, “son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD… So I prophesied as I was commanded…and the bones came together…and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them…and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army” Ezekiel 37:1-10 ESV

By the power of God, we live!