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    Posted on May 30th, 2012 rhonda No comments

    You heavens above, rain down righteousness;

    Let the clouds shower it down.

    Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up,

    Let righteousness grow with it;

    I, the Lord, have created it.

    Isaiah 45:8

    I thank God for His poetry and His craftsmanship as a writer.  I read the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelations, many years before I became a Christian.  Since I wasn’t a Christian, I didn’t have the Holy Spirit to give me Godly understanding, so most of what I read remained a confusing mystery.  Yet, the one thing I was able to appreciate is how beautiful some of the writing is.  Poetry is my word of wisdom for today.

    The poetry of the Bible is just as beautiful as anything Shakespeare wrote.  Sometimes I’m reading the Bible and I’m just struck by a particular phrase and how creative and provocative and rich it is.  Look at Isaiah 45:8.  Several weeks ago, I went to the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden.  I am a city-girl & I love the city; but it was nice being in an environment filled with trees and flowers.  It looked good and smelled good.  It was peaceful.  The crowd was mellow.

    As lovely as the whole scene was, how much lovelier would it be if instead of orchids, salvation spring up from the earth?  How cool would it be if each flower had seeds of salvation?  It’s been raining a lot lately.  What if, instead of water, it rained down righteousness?  I went out without my boots on because I didn’t expect it to rain as heavily has it did.  It poured.  The rain soaked through my sneakers & socks and I walked around with damp feet all day.  If my feet were damp with righteousness, however, I assume it wouldn’t be as difficult for me to walk in His word & in His ways.  Would I want shoes?  Would I want an umbrella?  Now I’m wondering if that’s why, before the fall, Adam & Eve were able to walk around in the Garden naked.

    Thank God.