Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Life

Yesterday, my attitude was rotten.  I really did not have a good reason, but I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders.  I was negative, and I shared my negativity.  That is something that I always deeply regret.

I came home and ate an ice cream sandwich with my boys.  Then I chased them in the yard with the water hose.  Their little dripping heads and chocolate grins always make things better.  Children truly are a gift from the Lord.

I took the water hose and went to water the garden (that really just looks like piles of dirt right now).  I have been telling the children to just let the water and sun do their job, and God would grow the seeds. But even I have wondered if any signs of life were going to pop through the dirt.  It always feels somewhat strange to water dirt.  I admit that I have been standing there and wetting the soil wondering to myself if those seeds really would make good on their hopeful promise.  We even pray in the evenings before bed that God would bless our garden.

And just before I turned the nozzle on, I noticed this.

And this...

And all around the piles of dirt, little green specks were popping up through the ground in perfectly planted rows.  There in the mud was new life. 

To me, that is quite miraculous.  

Just before bed in my quiet time, I thought about the miracle of new life.  I thought about my failures and shortcomings.  I shared with God how I often feel weak and incapable.  I know I am full of a sinful nature.  I felt regretful for the way I felt and spoke that day.  

This morning, all I could think about was how all things in Earth point to our Creator.  From the dirt rises new life.  From the dirt of my sinful nature, rises new hope and promise that God is growing His seeds in my life.  I have to keep watering my soul.  I have to find strength in the Son, and if I do those things He promises to make me new.  He promises that the old way in me will eventually die. That one day the harvest will come, and despite the weeds and snares trying to make my heart barren....the fruit will grow.  

There will be new life. In the dirt of life, green shoots of hope will spring forth.  

"And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail." Isaiah 58:11

B Charmer

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