Monday, October 8, 2012

Feeling Dry and Parched?

The beauty of a hot summer day in Florida
Picture courtesy of www.pollywogcreek.blogspot.com 
     During the summer months (usually starting in May or earlier) until late fall, it gets very warm here in Florida.  We usually hit the nineties each day and the tremendous humidity only adds to the oven-like
atmosphere.  I cannot imagine how anyone ever lived in Florida before air conditioning, but I know they did.
     Not long ago, one of my friends remarked that she always looked forward to the "green" Kool-Aid  at VBS (vacation Bible school) because it was so hot without air conditioning.  I guess drinking anything cold would do when you are hot and thirsty!
     Our outside climate is not the only thing that can be dry, and parched however.  Our spirit can also feel this way after the assaults of the enemy or the world.  Read Psalm 63:1:  " O God thou are my God;  I shall seek Thee earnestly; My soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee, in a dry and weary land where there is no water."
     David lived many years in flight from King Saul who wanted him dead.  Being in the wilderness, he had to endure such hardships as lack of water, food or even a decent shelter at times.  He grew weary of running but his trust was in God.  David knew that only God could ultimately satisfy his soul.
     We have all had days and even weeks where we have felt like we live in a dry and weary land.  There may be no one chasing us like David, but all the same, we feel as though we can't make it another step.  Our schedule seems insurmountable, the running never stops and the bills never end.  It's at this juncture that we need to have what David had.....an unbelievable thirst for God.
     God is the only one who can satisfy our deepest needs and give us the strength we need to go on.  He understands us when no one else does.  He loves us unconditionally and has promised to be with us always.  Jesus said to the woman of Samaria in John 4:13-14:  "Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."
     When we seek God for satisfaction and relief from the weary, dry condition we live in, He answers with a living water that will quench our thirst forever.  The key is that we must seek Him earnestly as David did.  Anything less than Jesus equals an empty cup, but with Jesus, we can once again have that well of water pouring forth in our soul and watering the dry places of our hearts.  Selah!


What brings you refreshment as you read the Bible?  I welcome your thoughts today.  I always read them and look forward to hearing from you.

Both pictures are courtesy of my gifted blogging friend Pat at www.pollywogcreek.blogspot.com

4 comments:

jean said...

The focusing onto our sovereign God when reading the Bible (or any time), brings peace and rest in Him when too much is going on around me. He is always there to run to when my heart becomes troubled.

Christina said...

Beautiful, Barbara. Just beautiful. "Anything less than Jesus equals an empty cup ...." Amen. I hope the people near you cherish you as much as your friends from the distance do! All my love!

Barbara Thayer said...

Thank you Jean for sharing how you find peace in the midst of a dry spell. When we rest in the Lord and read His Word, we are renewing our strength as an eagle!
You are a wise woman of faith! Blessings my friend!

Barbara Thayer said...

Thank you Christina for your kind words. Yes, we must fill our cup with the living water that our Lord gives us in order to keep on keeping on! Oh how much we need to drink deeply from His Word. As always...thank you for stopping by and sharing. You are a blessing in my life!