Words from the Heart for Monday January 15th, 2018
So the land produced plants. Each kind of plant had its own kind of seeds. And the land produced trees that grew fruit with seeds in it. Each kind of tree had its own kind of seeds. God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:12 (NIRV)
Twice the Lord describes this third day as “good.” You can almost feel the delight of the Lord. He knows the awesome potential of what He has made. Life will continue because of the seeds. Today as you eat a piece of fruit or a vegetable, stop and consider the amazing work of your God.
You may be surprised to discover there are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes available for sale in Canada. One greenhouse in Leamington, Ontario produces 500 varieties inside their 25 hectare facility. Canada’s tomatoes, along with greenhouse-grown peppers and cucumbers – $1.3 billion dollars worth – are shipped annually to places like New York, Boston and even Florida. The produce never sees soil. Hot water runs through twin pipes on the ground to heat the greenhouses and the pipes double as train tracks for picking/pruning carts.
The ultimate gardener is God Himself. I am a country boy. Can’t help it. I love everything about the country – the farms, the wide open spaces, the sights and smells – yes, even the smells. I love seeing the farmers in their fields, tilling, planting, fertilizing, watering, harvesting. And the plants thriving as the rains come and the rich soil where I live doing what it does naturally – provide all that is needed for the plants to thrive. It has always been this way. Genesis 1:11 says “So the land produced plants. Each kind of plant had its own kind of seeds. And the land produced trees that grew fruit with seeds in it. Each kind of tree had its own kind of seeds. God saw that it was good.” So the land produced plants. Just like that. Why? Because the Creator planned it that way. When He prepares things, life and growth happens. So it is with our hearts. When the Lord Jesus takes up residence in us by faith, He becomes the soil, the water, the fertilizer for our natural and healthy spiritual growth. Your heart will produce fruit.
These have been words from the heart.