Sunday, April 10, 2011

Let the Rain Fall

The rains poured out on my little balcony garden at the beginning of April and the plants were overflowing with water. The rains, however, haven't been back since and the soil has grown dry and the little vines of my burgundy shrubs are dropping. I've been on the look out for overheating and I do my best to water every day. The plants and the shrubs especially soak in as much water as possible. They thirst for this nutrient like nothing else. By the time I'm finished watering, the shrubs have started to perk up and glow again in the sunlight.

Our heart gardens are also susceptible to overheating and drying out. In Luke 8, Jesus shared the parable about the sower with the people. "A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed...some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture...Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God...They on the rock [are they], which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away" (Luke 8:5-6 & 11,13).

When we don't keep ourselves in the Word of God and find continual nourishment from Him then we will slowly wither away. It can happen to any of us. We find ourselves enjoying the fresh rains of the Holy Spirit pouring down on our soul, but the moment we leave the prayer meeting or step out of the church service, we go our own way never looking back to the life source. We get distracted and tangled into routines and tasks of the day. Before we realize it another morning or another evening has passed and we haven't stopped in our day to spend time feeding on the Word of God. In Psalm 143:6 David writes, "I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah."

This is the beginning of the second week of the 21 day Daniel fast with my church. My prayer is that this week my focus will be fixed more on spiritual food and less on the physical. My church started out the second week of the fast with a service of song and prayer. The preacher didn't preach as planned, but instead invited us to sit, stand, or kneel before God and listen for His voice and the leading of His Spirit. What a remarkable time of quietness and awe before God. His spirit was raining down upon our souls refilling and refreshing us!

Whether we're fasting or going about our normal dieting routine, let's take a moment to remember that our spiritual heart garden needs as much nourishment and water as our physical body. Invite God's Holy Spirit to rain down and be prepared for an outpouring of His strength!

3 comments:

  1. Your analogy is so true. Without nourishment we cannot survive. We can survive longer without food than we can without water. As you so aptly said, The Word of God slacks our thirst, keeps our faith alive. Loved your post.

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  2. Hey Amanda, we did too, but we didn't have cute jumpers it was the 60's and early 70's. Great memories though.

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