I have been in some dry places. Dry doesn’t even cover living so flat and wrung out that you barely care about life much less prayer.
When we are dry, we need to find the water.
Have you ever wanted to live on a lake, or at the beach? We used to talk about having a deep water pond or finding a river side home.
Water is so beautiful with its changing colors and the way lights reflects from every break or chop. It sparkles and glistens and gives life. It sends a soul softener into hard places.
Water is life giving. We can’t live without it.
Years ago, I read something so beautiful, a passage of biblical poetry about water that changed my thought life. From the book of Isaiah:
18 I will open rivers on the barren heights, and fountains in the middle of the valleys. I will turn the desert into a pool of water, and the dry land into flowing springs.…
When we feel alone in leadership, he will open rivers on the barren heights.
When we are going through hard times, he will place fountains in the middle of the valleys, places of oasis, to stop and rest, get replenished.
Click on this video of the song Oceans: Where Feet May Fail for inspiration.
When we feel tired and depleted, we cry out for help. He will make our dry land into flowing springs.
11 The LORD will always guide you; He will satisfy you in a sun-scorched land and strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
I love that verse, and see myself there.
Occasionally, I like to look up the meanings of names and my own name, Kimberly, means a royal meadow or garden (or forest) that is lush and well watered.
I say that about myself often, that I am a well watered garden taken care of by the best.
Have you ever looked up the meaning of your own name?
3For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and currents on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring. 4They will sprout among the grass like poplars by flowing streams.…
He has laid out his promises and we are to grab ahold and not let go.
But, somewhere in our depths, we also must be grateful for every good and perfect thing in our lives already.
Our dissatisfaction or feeling of lack seeps out of our pores and spills onto our lives sucking the life from our joy.
Gratitude and faith are the keys to accepting rivers and fountains.
When we stop struggling and secretly complaining, when we melt into God’s presence, we will find streams, then rivers of living water.