In his January 3rd sermon Phil Reinders asked the questions:
“When did you feel fully alive, and good in the last year?”
“When did you experience God’s love last year?”
If you haven’t already, I invite you to reflect on, and answer these questions for your self.
Phil Reinders spoke about God’s ‘hessid’, the Hebrew word meaning God’s loyal covenant love. I reflected on these questions, and on the scripture the sermon was based on, which was:
22 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord”
This year one place I felt God’s love was at the little 1860’s cabin in the woods my mom owns. It is about a 20 minute walk to Georgian Bay. I have friends there I have had since childhood. Just being in the immense beauty of God’s creation, I sense His love. To see the amazing detail of His artistry, I almost felt like a part of the canvas God paints on. I watched dappled light dancing through the forest, a living painting. I felt more able to accept God’s blessing of rest than before.
Every spring, I see God’s faithfulness come into being again. As the first snow drop sprout peaks out of the cold ground. Every spring life conquers death, as the sun warms the earth, and purple crocuses push up from underground. I feel such joy as I see abundant blooming life return. To me it symbolizes the resurrection we will experience some day. After the flood in the time of Noah, God said in his heart in Genesis 8:22:
“As long as the earth endures,
seed-time and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”
In the spring, summer, and fall God keeps his promise of plants for us to eat every year. Sometimes I feel very aware of God’s loyal covenant love, and even when I don’t see it, it is still there. Like a soul seed planted in the ground just waiting for resurrection.