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, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
Yesterday we had a snowy wintery blast in Chicago that lasted into the night. It was so beautiful to see the flakes gently falling from the sky even if it meant shoveling, it is still a beauty to behold to me. A picture perfect postcard that brings joy to some (me) and for others you may only see the work involved to clear it to get on with your day. It can bring out the inner child within you if you allow it.
We took the snow as a sign of both work and rest. We had the opportunity to get outdoors and get a little exercise, but then we also took time to rest, hang out under the blanket and watch a movie yesterday afternoon. It was lovely to just hang out and be with my hubby relaxing. A much needed Sabbath rest after a busy weekend.
This passage grabbed my attention today because of the snow. It really does water the earth, bringing forth beauty and provision for mankind. This is also true of reading God’s word and spending time in prayer. His words restore a weary soul, comfort a sorrowful heart, encourage the downtrodden, and bring peace to our hearts. Our time in prayer reminds us of His love and refocuses our minds on His glory. As we do both spiritual practices we will find ourselves able to get through the day with purpose and victory.
Isaiah goes on to say, “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace;” (Isaiah 55:12a) and this is ours to claim today when we’ve come to accept Jesus’ offer of amazing grace. It’s through grace we’ve been saved and made whole, not something we earn but given to us freely by Jesus. This is our joy.
As we come to Jesus daily in prayer and through reading our Bibles, He will begin to open our eyes to see Him more clearly. I have certainly found this to be true. We have this glorious opportunity to experience a new found sense of freedom in the shelter of His wings. As He teaches us more about Himself and what it means to follow Him, we will find we become the well watered soil which He will use to share His love with those around us.
So today, as you step out into the snow, look up, take a moment, and thank Jesus for His gift of grace. Allow His love to wash over you and see how your heart expands to love others each day. Claim His joy and peace today and walk victoriously with Him.