Oh, how I miss my Windows XP desktop screen image! Lol. You know the one, a blue sky with rolling green grassed fields?
Unless you experience Hay Fever, you have to say ‘there’s just something about a lush, green grass field‘ that delights the senses! Even if a little over stated.
If you get a chance to drive our country-side, through places like Mudgee NSW, Gippsland VIC, Margaret River WA and South East Queensland you see the Windows XP image around every corner. What a great country we live in!
This is also what I love about September. The smell of our grassy springtime playing fields. Totally awesome!
If you have a moment in the next few weeks STOP yourself and smell the grass – the new buds, the flowers.
There’s a beautiful picture described in Isaiah (40:8) of a field covered with green lush grass and another full of gorgeous, most magnificent and stunning flowers. A bit like the Windows image. The writer goes on to say, “The grass withers and the flower fades” (as people and ideas do) but what God decrees remains forever. It’s steadfast, endures.
This new image almost disturbs me. Imagine a dull green, almost brown image with grey storm clouds. No thanks! But a really good reality check – beautiful things fade.
But hang on. The writer in 1 Peter 1:24 alludes that there is something more beautiful, more stunning, more enriching for our souls than all of Gods amazing glory in the lush green fields of life. There is the absolute hope and rock-solid assurance we have in Jesus, the living word. Our truth. Our hope.
What a better hope and foundation to build our lives and ministries on.
Don’t fear tomorrow. He’s Lord of the green fields, and, dark skies.
In a world and time in our nation undergoing much change and new ideas, new laws, new social concepts and divisive fads, and new hopes and fears there’s just something about who Jesus is that we can lean-on afresh.
Beautiful things will fade. Money will come and go. Political and social constructs break down. Even our athletic prowess diminishes. What is certain is God’s love for us in Jesus. The risen savior of our lives who overcame the evil one and rules triumphantly over all of creation and mankind. He is supreme.
Chaplains, let’s trust in him and thrive in the springtime of our lives and in drought.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7,8
My prayer is that you continue to bear much fruit in your lives and chaplaincy.
Have a great springtime.
Love ya, Cam