If life were always smooth and level…
“The land that you are to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. It is a land your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its’ end.” Deuteronomy 11:11-12
What an amazing truth to grab hold of at the fresh beginning of a new year. 2016 – a slate that God will begin yet another masterpiece on. Some of the things we will welcome with joy and newness and rejoicing, and others will be dark and fierce and painful. If you’ve lived long enough, you know that no one escapes the difficulties of life and yet the land we will possess will drink rain from heaven. What a beautiful picture of God’s abundant pouring out over us with our mouths open like baby birds waiting to be fed. We will drink the abundance on the mountains as well as the valleys that this year will bring. Abundance even in the valleys – that, friends, is a loving and gracious God! And the next part of this verse is even more drenched with the loving kindness of our Father, “..it is a land your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its’ end.” Who is this God that cares so immensely for our land and who keeps His eyes continually on it from beginning until the end? This is a God who loves us deeply and passionately, without reserve or reprimand of our shortcomings or failures. What blessed hope for this year of 2016!
“Yet the land we are to possess is a land of valleys and hills. It is not all flat or downhill. If life were always smooth and level, the boring sameness would weight us down.”
“We cannot see what loss, sorrow or trials are accomplishing. We need only to trust. The Father comes near to take our hand and lead us on our way today. It will be a good and blessed New Year!” (Streams in the Desert)
So, perhaps if life were always smooth and level, we would miss out on the abundant joy and peace to be had. We might miss out on drinking in more of who God is and the realization that He doesn’t need us and, yet, He cares so tenderly for us. This life we live is a real fairytale of the good that overcomes evil and it can only end with the most happiest of endings. And all of the hard in between spaces are the telling of the greatest love story we will ever know.
What a gift in this lovely vine that I saw on my morning run today