Monday, April 6, 2009

A Gentle Spring Rain

You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. Psalm 65: 9-10

I woke up this morning to the gentle sound of a soft spring rain falling. There is something gentle and soothing about springtime rain. A peace and calmness enveloped me as I listened to the symphony of the raindrops falling on the blossoming April landscape. We had a rather dry winter in our area and the parched ground seemed to soak up the rain as quickly as it fell. Newly emerging Pansies, Tulips, and Daffodils stretched forth their necks drinking in the welcoming dew.

As I watched the thirsty ground drink in the nourishing rain, I was reminded that we can become spiritually parched and dry, which leads to unfruitful and mediocre living. Only when we allow our spiritual lives to be quenched with the living water of Jesus Christ, will we be able to enjoy fruitful and abundant lives. Way too often Christians settle for drab and boring lives. We go through the motions of daily living, barely existing, just getting by. We go to church on Sunday, barely able to stay awake because we live in the world’s fast lane all week, rushing from one activity to the next. We are worn out and weary from the cares of life. We have forgotten how to be still. There is so much more to the Christian life than just getting by! Jesus came so that we might have life and have it to the full. (John 10: 10)That sure doesn’t sound like a drab and boring life to me. Now this certainly doesn’t mean we won’t have problems and struggles in our lives; life is hard, but when we put Jesus first in our life and seek Him, we can live abundantly regardless of our circumstances.

Are you feeling parched, weary, and dry? Why not take some time to be still before Jesus. Cast your cares upon Him. Open His word and soak up the refreshing truth that will set you free. Bask in His love, and like the parched ground absorbing the gentle spring rain, allow Him to drench your spirit abundantly with His living water.

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