Ghosts in the Graveyard
This time of year, if you happen upon a forgotten, rural graveyard along the northern plains in the evening with a little moonlight, a quick glance may reveal what appear to be ghosts standing guard. Very likely these ghosts are bright blooms of the native Yucca plants that make themselves at home in the arid plains. Nick-named Ghosts in the Graveyard, in Montana our most common species is the Small Soapweed Yucca (Yucca glauca). Climatic conditions this year must have been perfect for these hardy plants, as their explosion of blossoms is unlike any other year in recent history. The short-lived blooms give the landscape a truly unique look, and they also bring beauty to a plant that is oft derided because of the lance-tipped leaves than can inflict tremendous pain to the unwary pedestrian.
A Ghost Tale
A great many years ago, there were twelve men rowing a boat across a stormy, raging sea. The men were frantic, and certain of their impending demise, when they saw what appeared to be a ghost coming towards them across the sea. Their worries about the sea became minor compared to the terror of this approaching apparition, but their fears were soon allayed, when what they thought was a ghost said, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid” (Mark 6:50). Speaking these words, Jesus Christ arrived to provide unexpected help and encouragement at a time of desperate need. He continues to offer us that help today, because Christ, not evil spirits, is the ruler of heaven and earth. No matter what is challenging us, health concerns, financial troubles, problems at work or home, or sinful addictions, put your faith in Jesus Christ and allow Him to calm the stormy seas of your life.