In the longest psalm of the Bible we read, “My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word. When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes. Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.” (Psalm 119:25-27)
As March arrives, I usually find myself anxiously looking for signs of new life in my yard and garden. The winter snows are usually disappearing, although Mother Nature often dumps the surprise of several inches of fresh snow upon us.
When the ground is bare, but the weather has not yet warmed the earth to bring new growth, I often look at the bare ground longingly, not unlike the feelings the psalmist seems to express in this psalm.
Our lives can often experience similar times of barrenness; times when we believe that God is at work around us and within us, but we see little evidence of it in our daily activities. We seek to live our lives in service to our creator and provider, but the results seem unapparent.
Daily, even when we don’t see the results from our seeking to be obedient to God’s teaching, we again should call on God to affirm what we are doing right and to correct our ways that are errant.
As we look at our gardens and yards, we may just see barren earth in spaces where we know that we planted bulbs and corms last fall. We can confidently anticipate that in God’s good time, we will soon see the results of our labors of last fall.
Likewise, these lifeless spots in our yards and gardens can serve as reminders that in other aspects of our lives, God is still working even though they may seem to be dust borne at the moment. Keep looking for those little signs that God is bringing growth.