James and I studied soil formation yesterday. In very simple, unscientific, slightly inaccurate terms, soil is made of disintegrated rock, decayed animal matter, and rotten plant matter. We all know that the more rotten organic matter we have in our soil, the more fertile it is. We can't grow beautiful flowers and amazing produce without rich soil. And we can't have rich soil without lots and lots of rot happening first.
It takes a long time for rock to disintegrate. And it's not a happy process. It's pretty violent and relentless.
We've all experienced the wonderful world of animal matter... on the bottoms of our shoes. No one likes that.
And when plants start to rot, they're reeeeeeeeeal slimy, and they don't smell great.
But combine those three negative processes, and you get this:
"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you." 2 Corinthians 4:8-12
God's redemption is everywhere.