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There’s a treasure to be found in the stories of the older generation. They have seen for themselves what God has done; and what God has done we can be assured he will do again.
A few months ago I write a blog about planting seeds (bulbs) in the hard frozen ground of winter. There’s nothing to show for that toil for quite some time. This week I was excited to see the first blooms of crocuses and camellias showing in our garden. The crocuses caught me by surprise because they were coming up in places that I hadn’t expected (because I hadn’t planted them). I didn’t know to look for them there. They are evidence of those that came before who cultivated the garden.
The kingdom of God is like a garden. God is the Master Gardener, he has the plan for what he wants to grow and cultivate in the land. There are many analogies of this in the Bible. We are simultaneously the garden (Song of Solomon 4:12), the soil (Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, Luke 8:4-15) and the seed (John 12:24). In every example our role is a little different. As the garden we are something that he is building, tending, sometimes pruning (like when we are a branch, John 15:1-8). Every garden is unique. Our job is to yield to his plans and let him form us. When we are the soil, God is the one that removes the stones, waters the ground, scares the birds away, and pulls up the thorns so that we can grow what he is planting within us. When we are the seed we are the DNA carriers of the harvest. He puts inside of us what he wants to grow. The seed doesn’t decide what it’s going to grow, it grows what it was designed to grow. The soil doesn’t tell the seed what to do, its job is to nourish the seed and be a good soil for the plant to grow and multiply in. The garden is the product of good soil and properly chosen seeds. All three must yield in their own way to God’s hands.
Every garden goes through a winter season. And God has been showing the first blooms of winter to remind us that spring always comes, and he has been tending this garden long before we arrived. When we listen to the testimonies of what God has done before and take them to heart, God breaths his warm breath of life on the seeds and dormant plants of the garden to cause them to grow. God’s moves of the past are never dead, but they are dormant, waiting for the right soil to grow in again. Revival is not just a short period of time that the Spirit of God moves. It is when earth begins to look like heaven. There are books written on the topic of revivals so I am not even going to start scratching the surface of how they start and why they fail. But I do know that God’s heart is always to bring his Kingdom.
So what is your part?
“I will remember the works of the Lord;
surely I will remember Your wonders of Old.
I will also meditate on all your work,
And talk of Your deeds.”