Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Planted Not Buried

Daily Gratitude Year 5-Day 263: Today, I am grateful for the times we are planted, not buried.

The harvest has begun. Around us the combines are firing up. The last thing the farmers want at this moment is rain. 

Sometimes autumn rain brings needed rest that prevents accidents.  Other times, it is providing important groundwater that is necessary for life and new life in the spring. 

An autumn rain is just as important as spring showers. It feels like inconvenience at the height of harvest, but it is the promise of good things to come after the winter sleep. 

This was my verse of the day: 

Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.-Joel 2:23 

It seemed to bring to life a quote that was new to me. 

"Sometimes, when you're in a dark place, you think you've been buried. Actually... you've been planted."

How many times do I misunderstand the dark and the rain in my life? Too many to count. Our God is always working all things together for our good and his glory. The key is to trust him in the stillness and quiet of the waiting place. Rest up. The good things ahead need our full strength. 

He wants us to wait upon the promise that He will bring forth new life in us and through us. We can plant seeds... but he is the precious rain that brings the seed to life. From the darkest places... he refreshes, renews, calls forth and brings new and abundant life. 

How majestic are his ways!

Today, I am grateful for the times we are planted, not buried.

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