Thursday, April 06, 2006

Fruit from Nothing

Look at the contrasts I found while on my walk today: one picture is dry, dead, ugly. The next one is alive! Bearing fruit. Beautiful to look upon. But isn't that how life is?

God creates out of nothing.
Therefore until a man is nothing,

God can make nothing out of him.

"I can take a grain of wheat and clean it up, put it on a beautiful piece of china on my dining room table, shine lights on it, play music for it, pray for it, and what will happen to it? Absolutely nothing! It will always just sit there "alone."

What has to happen to that grain if it is to bear fruit? It must go down into the ground and die. If that grain of wheat had feelings, I can imagine it might say, "Hey, it's dark down here! It's cold down here! It's lonely down here!" But in that dark, cold, lonely place, the grain will shed its hard outer husk so that the life within it may be released. Then- after it has "died"- it will put down roots, and the first shoots of new life will finally spring forth."
(Nancy Leigh DeMoss in Brokenness)

"God is able to make all grace abound toward you,
that you, always having all sufficiency in all things,
may have an abundance for every good work."
II Corinthians 9:8

1 comment:

Brittney said...

That was beautiful, Bethany! Wow!! The striking contrasts and the words to go with it was very inspiring.