I was reading in Hosea this morning and I followed the notes to their end. I didn’t end up so much like Alice in Wonderland, more like Alice wandering in Heartland. Here is the trail to follow along, if you feel so inclined.
“Sow for yourselves according to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); reap according to mercy and loving-kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, to inquire for and of Him, and to require His favor, til He comes and teaches you righteousness and rains His righteous gift of salvation upon you.” Hosea 10:12 (AMP)
Which led to . . .
“And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].” II Corinthians 9:10 (AMP)
Then the trail went to . . .
“For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10,11 (AMP)
Made me think about my writing and gardening and the purpose for which God has for me in both. I love this time of the year, watching things bud and sprout up from the dead. I may be in a place of mourning these days but still, there is life around me and seeds to be collected from the dead parts of my life to plant in the fertile soil around me, ripe and ready to be cultivated by God’s provision and grace.
God’s word alive and active in me, aka, Christ, is the rain which waters the earth around me and causes things, good things in abundance, to sprout and bring forth seed and bread. Opportunity and nourishment. Purpose and sustenance. Hope and discovery. A garden of possibilities abound.
What’s in your garden?