For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
“How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy he gives”
Go the lines from the Gaither song “Because He Lives” The sweetness of holding a baby is nowhere seen more powerfully than in a nursing home. Sadly there are few people willing to bring their babies in so the staff provides lifelike dolls for the residents to cradle. They gently rock their baby and their faces light up with smiles. It is almost as if God has built into us a response of hope for the future every time we see a tiny baby.
But our hope for the future is not based on babies, or baby dolls. True eternal hoe is based on the promise of God’s word. Whether sitting in a nursing facility or standing in a cap and gown waiting to graduate from high school our future hope is always in the love of God. His plans for us are to give us hope. His plans for our future are always for our good. We can trust Him to our final breathe here on earth, knowing that in a moment we will be breathing in our first breathe of heaven!
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning James 1:17
God being the very source of all light is always in the light and has no place for any darkness. But for us to have no shadow of turning means we must walk directly towards the source of light. As we grow older the temptation to turn away just a bit to the right or left unfortunately never goes away. In the words of Hymn writer Robert Robinson “Prone to wander Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love…”
Our longing to follow straight up the path that our heavenly Shepherd is lead
ing is sometimes muddied by passing moods, circumstances or even close friends. Thank God for that grace our Father gives when our footsteps hesitate along the way. There from just beyond the horizon He calls.
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left Isaiah 30:21
Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you KJV
“Fallow comes from the old English word for plowing, and refers to the practice of leaving fields unplowed in rotation––when a field lies fallow, the soil regains nutrients that are sucked up by over-planting.” Vocabulary.com
One temptation as I grow older is to abandon certain of the fields in my life. Those fields have so long been unproductive that it scarcely seems worth the effort to continue to hope for any sort of fruitful harvest. But God has an entirely different idea. God says that today is the exact perfect time to stop moping around the house, get the plow out of the barn and break up that fallow ground.
Do you have some fallow fields in your life? God has not created us to lie fallow forever. That fallow time is coming to an end and it is high time to cancel the pity party, hitch up the plow to the horse and get to work. There is still something that God has in mind, but we must do our part because there will still be the harvest that He has promised!