Words from the Heart for Monday June 11th, 2018
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater…
Isaiah 55:10 (NIV)
A Good Yield
From nature comes a powerful picture of how the Lord can use His word to guide our lives. There is an amazing cycle of the clouds giving rain or snow. The moisture falls and then evaporates back into the clouds. It returns to water the earth again. What a master plan! His word also is constantly available for our lives.
Canola, once dubbed the Cinderella crop, is now queen of Canadian field crop production, commanding more acres and a higher value than any other grain or oilseed. How did canola surpass wheat in a nation that once prided itself on being the breadbasket of the world?
Many factors play into a farmer’s decision about what crops to plant. The crop needs to be adapted to the region and the farming practices. It has to fit into the rotation. But above all, crop choice is governed by economics and profitability, linked to demand.
Where I live, in the heart of farm country, you can watch the corn grow at this time of the year, and hear it grow as well. You really can hear corn grow. As I look out my back porch at the fields or corn, beans and sugar beets behind me, I’m reminded daily of the abundance of the crops here in Canada. We are blessed tremendously. Isaiah the prophet speaks about this in Isaiah 55:10: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater…” There is a spiritual truth here as well. God brings spiritual rain upon our souls and when the soil of our hearts has been prepared, we flourish spiritually. The Bible speaks about the fruit of the Spirit and just as I can watch the crops flourish behind my house, so we should be able to watch our hearts flourish as God brings a good yield of spiritual fruit.
These have been words from the heart.