Torrential rains had been pelting us for weeks. With the rains came weeds growing tall in the flower beds. But I noticed other new growth, too. It wasn’t colorful flowers. It was teeny, tiny little oak trees! Squirrels had been working hard, burying food for later. The rains had soaked and softened the hard shells of the acorns. Fresh oak seedlings, yearning to sprout, had pushed and strained and broken through the shell, growing toward the warm sunlight. One day they would become towering oaks.
I plucked them out of the ground, noticing the strong roots that had been burrowing deep into the soil. These same roots would become a knotted, tangled ball, anchoring the tree.
Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7 (NLT)
And that is my prayer for Soaked and Sprouting. That encouragement and joy will be sown; that whoever strolls through this garden of stories would thirst after God’s presence. As the living waters of His Word wash over our souls, softening the hard shell of our hearts, seeds of faith will sprout and grow. We will become towering oaks of righteousness, planted by the Lord.
“And they will be called righteous trees,
planted by the LORD
to glorify Him.” Isaiah 61:3b (HCSB)
The message God has laid on my heart these last few years has been simple: Consecrate yourselves (Leviticus 20:7, Joshua 3:5). Consecrate yourselves! And what better way than spending time in the Bible, soaked in God’s Word.
As God’s people, temporarily exiled here on earth, we are to be shining examples to the world. His elite. The wheat among tares, the silver floating above the dross. We are to glorify God and shine His light, doing His will – even when that means stepping out of our comfort zones…sprouting seeds of faith.
Soaked and Sprouting.
For God’s glory.