As a child when it rained, my sisters and I would beg to go out and still play. We wanted to splash around in the puddles. If it snowed, we were ready for it! We built snow forts, made snow cream, and endless angels all across our yard. One year my friend and I made an igloo. No matter the weather, we always found a way to enjoy it.
The older I get the less I can appreciate rain or snow. Most often they are an inconvenience to me. On rare occasion, I can enjoy a day curled up inside. But 2020, has give me a fair amount of days curled up inside, so rain and snow are two things I do not long for this year.
But whether I was building forts or scraping off my car, jumping puddles or dodging puddles, I viewed it all as just nature.
And yet God stamped reminders of his faithfulness all across the earth. He stamped patterns of his goodness all through nature.
In Isaiah we see the illustration of rain and snow watering the earth. That is the job they are always meant to do- water the earth. The very heart of imagery is here is life. God is making a point through Isaiah that just as the rain and snow give life, so does his word. If we hold fast to this knowledge, we are lead in peace by way of joy. The way of joy will always reveal God’s faithfulness.
“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. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:10-12
God, thank you for filling us with your joy and flooding our hearts with light. May we hold tightly to joy in the good times and the hard times. As we fix our eyes on you, may our lives shine bright this advent season. And may we praise you for your faithfulness we see stamped all around us.