snow and hope and a little gardening…

From one of my favorite passages, Isaiah 55, as interpreted by The Message:

“Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.

12-13“So you’ll go out in joy,
you’ll be led into a whole and complete life.
The mountains and hills will lead the parade,
bursting with song.
All the trees of the forest will join the procession,
exuberant with applause.
No more thistles, but giant sequoias,
no more thornbushes, but stately pines—
Monuments to me, to God,
living and lasting evidence of God.”

It’s snowing –something I like to see on New Years’ Eve. I love to walk outside in the darkness and the quiet and watch the world be washed in white to bring in the new year -and I’ve gotten my wish many years as one year transitioned into another. And I got my wish this year. Looking for something to meditate on today, I thought of Isaiah 55 and found the above passage, which blends a lot of things that have been sitting in my heart and mind lately. Not much else to write, really. Just passing that along for further reflection. Blessings and hope for a new year of soaking up His word and watching Him at work, gardening our hearts.