Snowing and Growing

First Fruits Farm in winter

As I write this, I am thinking about yesterday’s snowfall.  It is the first of any real amount near the Farm in 2017.

I was wondering, and you probably were too, whether we’d have any snow this year.  I was hoping that we’d have at least some.  Its made for some beautiful scenes, slowed things down, gave kids (and teachers) a day off from school.  Snow also essential to growth of plants in the Spring, slowly watering them as it melts.

The snow also came to some as an aggravation.  Your car got stuck in it and you had to shovel it of your walk.   Its a present reality that you have to deal with or slip on.

The prophet Isaiah wrote about 3000 years ago that snow is like God’s Word to us, which we find now in the Bible:

9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways  and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 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, 11 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 55:9-11, NIV

Why snow now?  Not something I would have planned.  Its been warm.  Flowers are blooming, plants sprouting, fruit trees budding.   The cold froze fruit blossom buds, so that there may be fewer apples and the like this year. 

But, God’s ways and thoughts are higher than mine ever can be.  God knows that we need the snow.  It (even 3000 years ago) waters the earth and makes the earth flourish so it yields seed for more crops and to bake bread.  God surely knows, since God created the seed and gave us the ability to bake it into bread, that the Farm and everywhere else needs snow.  We’ll probably never see for certain that the snow fell this year at exactly the right time.  But we can be sure that it has.

Isaiah got it when he wrote that God’s word is like snow.  It refreshes and renews us and we can’t grow or be fed without it.  Even though we can’t always see this, God’s word always accomplishes that God desires and achieves God’s purpose.

That’s even when (like snow) God’s word seems annoying.  Yes, God, I know about doing to the least of these, welcoming the stranger, visiting the prisoner, but now, really?  God’s word is there right in front of us.  We can move it and have it move us, or slip on it.

So the next snowfall I am going to think about Isaiah and how the snow is like God’s word.

Even behind a snow shovel, and you look at the snow-covered earth that is sure to bring seed and bread, consider that neither the snow nor God’s Word, returns empty.  God’s Word and the snow will achieve God’s desired purpose.  Bring them on, and all look forward to the growth that both surely will bring.