This morning I was looking for encouraging scriptures for a daughter who is having a rough time right now. I found this beautiful photo with Isaiah 61:11 in it. This Scripture encourages me so much.
Every year, I make a little garden. I plant the seeds, add compost or composted manure and water them faithfully. Sometimes it seems as if they will never come up. I wait. Sometimes, I water more and wait some more. Then suddenly, one day, perhaps even when all hope for my little seeds was nearly lost, up pops a tiny shoot. That tiny shoot, the fulfillment of my hope, reaches for the sun and soaks up all the nutrients it needs to become a mature plant.
Is there a year when spring fails to come? When the buds fail to come out of their winter hiding place? When leaves don’t unfurl themselves at the appointed time? Spring is our hope come alive. It arrives every year without fail, whether at the time we had wished for or a bit later. I think that we don’t appreciate spring’s reliability enough. We anticipate it and love it when it comes, but how thankful are we for the dependableness of spring? In all of my years, there has never been a spring that did not arrive. That is amazing! Thank God!
Well, as assuredly as the little plant bursts out of its seed cocoon, as assuredly as spring arrives each year, so will a time come when all creation will praise God, when God will cause righteousness and praise to bloom before every nation. It will happen! Let’s pray for that. Let’s thank God for that day as much as we thank Him for the beautiful spring days that we enjoy. We have so much to look forward to and to be thankful for!
Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.