For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth…” vss. 10-11aIsaiah 55:10-11
The prophet had made some bold promises to the exiles in Babylon. Speaking for the Lord, he tells them that they will return to their native land and once again take up residence in Jerusalem. Using an example they would be familiar with, the prophet says that the Lord’s word will be like the seasonal rains–just as the water from heaven gives life to the soil, producing bread for the hungry, the word of the Lord will produce what it has promised. Israel will be restored! The people of God have continued to find hope for the future in the seasonal cycles of nature. In every part of the globe we’ve gotten used to the patterns, and our almanacs make the predictions. There’s snow and rain, cold and heat, growing seasons and times for harvest, and then comes winter and the cycle begins again. In many ways the seasons of our lives mirror those of nature and there’s a movement in us from spring to winter. And if we’ve been watching carefully we’ve seen that winters never mean that life is ended–there’s always spring and resurrection and we are renewed, and even death is not the end.
Thought for the Day: How have the seasons of life gone for me?