And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. (Isaiah 58:11 ESV)
There is a section of grass next door that I pass by each day when I walk our dog. It is dry, patchy and hasn’t shown any shade of green for over two months. The built in sprinklers do not reach this corner and it looks terrible. In fact, there is more dirt than blades of grass.
During our first summer here, this dust patch irked me; I could not understand why our neighbor didn’t hand water or put out a sprinkler. I wondered what it would cost him if he had to put down fresh sod to replace it.
But come early fall, after a few good Pacific West coast rainfalls, fresh grass sprouted up and filled out the scorched patch. Just like that. There was life hiding under all that dry ground.
Watching the dirt transform into a lush lawn with only a few days of rain, got me to thinking about my own parched life. I sometimes go through dry patches in my spiritual walk where it seems as though the Word is not falling on me. Hardness sets in making it even tougher to absorb any Truth. When I see the dirt showing in my life, I know I need to take some time and sit under the flow of living waters. I need to pull away from my busy life, put on some heart-searching worship and open up His Word for an uninterrupted shower.
And you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water.
Lord, thank You that You replenish us. Holy Spirit, You are The Spring. You are the One who washes away the dirt and dryness and fills us with the refreshing Word. Help us to not allow our busy lives to dry us out, but that we would seek out daily water. Amen
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