Lenten Devotion: Then it rained

Isaiah 43:19

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Then it rained

It’s hard not to perceive it. It’s all around us these days. Why just yesterday, Sunday morning, I left for church and glanced over my shoulder down into the flowerbeds as I walked to the car. There poking out from the dirt were tiny little tendrils of green.

Then it rained.

Like water pouring over a parched desert landscape, it only took a matter of hours for a new scene to emerge. When my car pulled into the driveway later in the afternoon everything was different. Saturated in warmth and water the grass was greener, the dirt was dirtier:, the flowers showed forth colors that before were hidden behind pale green blossoms.  Those tiny little tendrils of green had shot up one or two inches taller. New life.

Every year it happens, and yet every year it never grows old. Every year’s spring is accompanied by excitement and happiness, reassurance of the goodness of the earth.

This is the season of resurrection. It only makes sense for God to reveal God’s most dramatic springing forth during these “new life” months. And when Jesus come forth with new life in a few weeks, it will not be the flower beds that will spring forth with rivers of water but our hearts with rivers of resurrection life.

Pr. Daniel Joyner Miller