“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” --Isaiah 55:10-11
One day on my daily walk I stopped walking to let Lexi sniff around a spruce tree. Presumably she was on the scent of a squirrel. Standing there, I noticed tender, light green leaves at the tips of the tree’s branches. They were not sharp and dark like the other needles. They were new growth. I had never detected spruce needles’ growth before. A conifer’s leaves’ growth is less obvious than a deciduous tree’s. Even when we walk in faith, we do not always detect the new growth in our lives. We don’t notice that our compassion is increasing, our patience swelling, our hearts expanding. But God’s word is acting in our lives. It is achieving his purposes for us. We are growing in God’s grace. If we look carefully, we will see the new shoots.