The first things God created are what we see. He created leaves and trees and dirt and mountains and waterfalls and the list goes on. He didn’t stop with one kind of bird or dog or tiger. He didn’t stop with just one kind of fish or one kind of apple. He spoke into being and brought forth the amazing place we call home.
Isaiah 55 is a favorite chapter for me. It tells of the effect when people really seek after God, and ends with the most amazing verses. As you read, visualize this actually happening:
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn-bush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.”
Mountains singing! Trees clapping their hands! Juniper and Myrtle trees growing where thorns and briars had previously grown. And we worship and live out the lives He has given us, learning to follow and submit to Him, not only are we fulfilled, but the earth is also changed. So much so that we hear the voice in our spirit of mountains singing and the sound of trees clapping their hands. And spiritual and physical change is the evidence.
The Transformation DVDs have been produced from research such as described in Isaiah 55. Transformation is the result of people seeking God and living in a way that brings glory to Jesus. And when communities embark on this together, they see and experience renewal in themselves and in the earth itself.
As we leave spiritual footprints of blessing, we are bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth. And that is exactly what God instructed Adam and Eve to do together – enlarge Heaven’s influence. And that is why Jesus said make disciples (learners) – so that we enrich the generations after us to walk with God.
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. ~Matthew 13:44
This is not a hunky-dory feel-good post.
Jesus also said that our homes would be divided when we follow Him. That some of us would lose our very lives. But to follow Him is the grandest adventure for which we were created. The journey is worth it.
And the earth celebrates!
(c) Robin Lawrimore, Feb. 2013