This is day 19 of my fall series – 31 days to An Autumn Harvest of our Words. For these posts, I thought I’d explore a different twist on why our words matter…
Has God set a law of sowing and reaping
and harvest time
— not just in the natural world around us —
but also into our very spoken words?
When we buy a packet of zinnia seeds, for example, we expect to see beautiful golden blossoms eventually bloom in replica to the colorful picture portrayed there. In the same way, the thoughts we put into words from the moment we wake each morning and continue to reiterate throughout the day are bringing us a harvest of one kind or another.
The question is —
Are the well-meant words we sow with our mouths
producing weeds and eaten by worms?
Or are we planting our speech in anticipation
of God’s overtaking blessing to our lives?
To follow this series, it’s important to begin here, A Prequel Post to the Annual Autumn 31 Days Linkup and then click here for new posts each day:
Thanks for joining in on this Fall winnowing of our words!
— Day 19 —
ROSES ON A STONE WALL,
ENTWINING WITH FALL
“… the spiritual man has insight into everything, and that bothers and baffles the man of the world, who can’t understand him at all. How could he? For certainly he has never been one to know the Lord’s thoughts, or to discuss them with him, or to move the hands of God by prayer.
~ 1 Corinthians 2:15-16, [Living Bible]
I decided on the spur of the moment yesterday to go adventuring, on the lookout for Autumn beauty to share with you here.
I almost passed this glory right by. [Actually, I bemoaned not stopping the EXACT millisecond I drove past. But at 45 mph, it swirled to a blur faster than my thoughts.]
Circling back an hour or so later to the boulevard, stepping out and clicking away, I crept in and out of shadows and light with the feel of chapel awe slipping over my shoulders. Springtime pink mingling in and out with Autumn’s persimmon and russet vines, creating a masterpiece here on a very English-looking stone wall — well, something about it tugged at my sleeve like a golden-hair-tousled child leaning in to whisper a secret in my ear:
How can two polar opposite seasons juxtapose so wondrously?
What the world cannot imagine or expect — like your incomparable God blending My very thoughts into mere man –I make My children to know and rejoice in. To bloom and shine forth My Majesty in unforeseen radiance…
How can man know the mind of His King? But God. And by every Word that proceeds from My Mouth… spoken out by you…
Lord, fill my mouth more and more with Your thoughts on the matters that concern my every moment. That I will no longer speak out what appears to be true…but only what You say is true. That Your Words would become more and more, first in my mind… so that I would not confess what is sickness and disease as being my reality, but what is LIFE and HOPE and HEALING.
Entwine me so into You that I am seeking Your mind in Your Word and Heart and by YOUR Spirit. Roses on Your vine, growing and blossoming in YOU.
A Whoa Thought from St. Paul
Recently, I was talking with some friends about whether or not we can know the mind of God. This verse from Corinthians (quoted in the TLB, above) popped into my thoughts today as I was thinking out this post… I especially marvel at this version in The Message, don’t you? 🙂 How wondrous is our God!:
“The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing, and can’t be judged by unspiritual critics.
“Isaiah’s question, “Is there anyone around who knows God’s Spirit, anyone who knows what he is doing?” has been answered:
Christ knows, and we have Christ’s Spirit.”
~ 1 Corinthians 2:15-16, [The Message]
© Pam Depoyan
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