For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
There is a stretch of ground behind our education building that is in perpetual shade. It has not been landscaped and nothing grows but moss. By the end of the summer I had forgotten there was moss on the ground. We had had so little rain for so long that the moss was brown and the space looked like bare earth. But winter rains came this year, and suddenly this “bare earth” became a brilliant green.
If the rains come, you cannot stop them from watering the earth, from giving life to dry ground, from giving birth to new growth, from bringing forth abundance. A few years ago, rains came to Death Valley and it exploded into color.
It is the nature of rain to give life – and so the Word of God. You cannot stop God’s message from reviving dry bones. You cannot stop the word of forgiveness from freeing lives. You cannot stop the word of mercy from giving birth to mercy. You cannot stop the word of life from bringing life.