“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” Deuteronomy 30:19
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8
As I gaze out the window overlooking my backyard, I’m dumbfounded by what I see – a green yard filled with patches of grass that are at least ankle high. Only a few short weeks ago, it was practically a wasteland. Except for the random weed, there was no life.
But, thanks to a few seeds, some attention and a WHOLE LOT of rain (whoever did the rain dance needs to have their shoes taken away), bleak surroundings got replaced by blooming vitality. Life overtook dead places.
I’ll be honest, I had lost hope of ever mowing something other than dirt and rocks. The longer something remains desolate, the quicker optimism disappears.
Take for instance, those places within us that remain off limits and shut off from everyone, including God. It might be a withered dream, a dull faith, a shriveled-up connection, or a calloused heart. The light hasn’t pierced these hidden places in quite some time. We’ve resigned ourselves to living in the weeds.
It doesn’t have to be this way. God has the power to bring life to dead places if we let Him. The One who conquered the grave can revive the most barren parts of our heart and soul. But, He gives us the choice whether we want to walk in this reality or not.
We are offered life or death – what we experience is up to us.
Don’t shortchange this offer by viewing it solely through the lens of what happens on the other side of eternity. We don’t have to wait. Summer has already come. Nourishment for our soul begins right here and right now.
When we trust Him, God floods our heart with His love. New life begins to bloom while deep roots grow that lead to stability, gratitude, and generosity.
- God brings life to dead places. Right now, where do you hope to experience this truth?
- Why does this situation come to your mind first?
God, bring life to those dead places of my heart. Revive them and breathe life into my soul. Help me to trust that hope is not lost and that You can transform any situation. Give me the courage to walk in the life and love You provide me. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.