I have a rule for myself: do not watch the news. This isn’t a political stance, it’s self-preservation against my hungry anxiety that the media feeds. According to the news, nothing good is happening anywhere ever.
Whenever I have a conversation with a missionary, which happens almost daily since my sister and best friend both serve internationally, I am blown away by what I hear. God is moving. God is doing things across the world in places you’d never expect, in ways we could never anticipate, like through dreams, nature or animals. I loved this verse this morning:
“The Sovereign Lord will show his justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise him! His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, with plants springing up everywhere.” Isaiah 61:11
Spring in the northwest is a beautiful time. After a long, cold, wet winter, the morning air starts to warm. Barren branches are speckled with buds. Green sprouts break through frosted soil and newly hatched birds chirp. What perfect imagery the writer uses to describe God’s righteousness breaking through after a long season of darkness.
Hardship, sadness and evil prevailing is everywhere. But when I look harder, I see God springing up everywhere in the lives around me. Today, I want to hear your stories.
Where have you read, heard or seen God break through?
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“…with plants springing up everywhere” such beautiful imagery and analogy of God’s presence here on earth. Watching new believers be baptized in the river yesterday was a great example of this! Hallelujah!!