It has been raining since Thanksgiving evening. The consistent precipitation, ranging from heavy mist to more than one hours-long deluge, is not supposed to let up until tomorrow night. Our completely dry five acre pond is now completely full, water is seeping from the lawn onto the front walk, filling the low place in the concrete, and if you step on the grass, it’s so spongy that the water comes up around your foot.
Yes, to say we are saturated out here is a bit of an understatement.
After spending a good bit of the year with a rather dry spirit, I considered the soggy landscape this morning over hot tea. There are reasons we are to soak our spirits in Living Water. It makes our hearts soft and pliable, for one. Easy to plant good seeds, and grow them in the rich, fertile environment. Also, when it’s good and saturated, the ground is moist way down deep, not just on the surface, so when the heat is turned up, the root of what’s planted there can still thrive. More, though, I think that like my very wet lawn, when a saturated heart is trampled on, the Living Water comes up and out, covering not only the one underfoot, but seeping out on everyone around them to fill up their low places, too.
Take it from one who knows, it’s much harder to weather the heat with a bone-dry heart. Spend some time at the Well that never runs dry. Soak it in until you think you can’t possibly take in another drop, and then soak some more. Then, when the dry spells come, you’ll be prepared.
You’ll have more than enough because you’ll be saturated.
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” ~ John 4:13-14 MSG
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. ~ John 7:37 ESV