On that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of the land of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most glorious of all lands.(Ezekiel 20:6, ESV)
A land flowing with milk and honey…It seems like this figurative, metaphorical language. And yet, every year around this time, the trees flow with syrup!
It flows with great strength, as the tree races to deliver this nutrient-rich water to every branch-tip on warm days, making up for the time that it loses on freezing nights, preparing for the sudden burst of springtime budding. You can stand there and watch it run. One small hole, and it’ll fill a gallon jug in a day. All you have to do is collect it, and boil it down, and you have sweet, golden syrup that will keep all year, until it flows again.
I don’t know about the milk, but this is definitely a land flowing with its own special kind of “honey!”
In The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, John Muir fondly recalls his youthful excitement about America, the land with “trees full of sugar, growing in ground full of gold.” His grandfather cautioned him that what he would find, rather than sugar-trees and ground-gold, would be hard, hard work. And this was also true. And it’s still true today!
The flowing milk and honey of this land is only a dim preview of what is to come. And this is why:
We give thanks to the Lord, with joyful hearts, for the wonderful abundance of His provision…
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.(James 1:17, NIV)
…and we work for the Lord, with hopeful hearts, even though the land is still under the curse…
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life…(John 6:27, NIV)
…because we look forward to the day, with faithful hearts, when both our work and His provisions will be restored to perfection for eternity!
Then the angel showed me a river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the main street of the city. On either side of the river stood a tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit and yielding a fresh crop for each month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be within the city, and His servants will worship Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night in the city, and they will have no need for the light of a lamp or of the sun. For the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.(Revelation 22:1-5, BSB)
If the land can flow with honey like this, today, right here in Maine ~ clear as crystal, sweet and refreshing, flowing right out of the trees of the forest, calling springtime into bud and putting the final touch of goodness on our morning pancakes ~ just imagine what life will be like in a kingdom made perfect for all eternity!
Rather, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”(1 Corinthians 2:9, BSB)
Maple Syrup Season…Reminding us that, if the land “flows with honey” like this today, just imagine what God has in store for us in eternity! (1 Cor. 2:9) #biblestudy #heavenTweet
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