Words from the Heart for Saturday June 9th, 2018
When you send your Spirit, you create them. You give new life to the ground.
Psalm 104:30 (NIV)
New Life to the Ground
In places of the world where there are four definite seasons we see one part of the year where things are brown, perhaps covered in snow, and dead. No life appears to even be possible there. But, with the springtime, new life appears! The same Spirit who participated in creation can bring change and renewed life to areas of our lives that seem empty and hopeless. He remains our faithful God. Ask Him to do His work of new life in you today.
In Canada’s far north, the government of Yukon Territory wants to attract small farmers to the frigid region with a simple pitch: free land. As global warming makes Canada’s northern regions more hospitable to agriculture by opening once frozen land to farming, the opportunities are growing. Bordering on Alaska in northwestern Canada, the Yukon has given away nearly 8,000 acres of farmland in the past decade. The Yukon is larger than Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands combined but only 40,000 people live there.
My favourite season of the year is spring. I love watching new life rising from the ground as the daffodils and hyacinths, then the tulips, open up with their beauty. It is amazing to me that they have survived another cold Canadian winter and life springs up as always. King David noticed this as well, and in Psalm 104:30 writes, “When you send your Spirit, you create them. You give new life to the ground.” David saw God’s Spirit at work in the new life that springs from the earth. It is a beautiful picture of the new life that Jesus brings to the heart and life of everyone who comes into relationship with Jesus Christ by faith. I have seen it often as people pray to receive Him as their Saviour and Lord. Hope springs up from a heart that was just dead in transgressions and sin. The heart that was stone becomes a heart of flesh, and spring comes to the heart. Someone told me recently that a message they had heard had brought springtime back to their heart. I thought it was a lovely picture and so very true.
These have been words from the heart.