Thursday, January 25, 2018

planting goodness

What does it look like for me to be the planting of goodness today?

I've been trying to read a Psalm and a New Testament chapter each day since I begun the year.  (In truth this means it's happened about 3 times a week!)

Then I choose a short portion from each, write down both, and ask God what He might be saying.

Today was Psalm 85 and 1 Corinthians 13.

"Yes, the Eternal will plant goodness in the earth,
    and our land will yield great abundance." - Ps 85:12

"Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; 
it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what." - 1  Cor 13:7

And I've been wondering.

When the Israelites trusted for God's intervention in the yield of their agriculture - did they have the goodness of creation in mind?  Did they expect that God was intent on bringing wholeness into the deadness of their soil?

When Paul unpacked the stubborn nature of love, did he have his personal feelings toward the Corinthians (and their wretched behaviour) in mind?  Was he preaching to himself as he dictated the words?  Was he reflecting on the love of Messiah in his own life?  Was he mindful of the stubborn love of God in his own story?

Is God figuratively (or literally) planting goodness back into His creation every time He exercises love?

Am I, as a receiver and conduit of this love, the planting of goodness in His creation?

What does it look like for me - as I receive and distribute God's love - to be the planting of goodness today?

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