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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

THE DRY PLACE

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In the 1930s as a boy we were traveling West in New Mexico, the land was very dry with a few cactus and wiry looking shrubs growing in that land without the needed refreshing.

There was a small red cloud ahead driven by a strong wind adding to the arid landscape.

As the minutes passed the cloud became larger and soon enveloped us to the point where we couldn't see to drive. We had to stop and were enclosed in a dryness you could feel as the dust entered the car and choked us.

Time passed and the sky began to clear, our water bag on the front of the car was caked with red mud and was hardly palatable to drink.

We drove on and came upon a cafe where we immediately sought some refreshment to relieve the effects of what we had just experienced.

The dry land was still around us but the ill wind was nowhere to be seen and we continued West seeking deliverance from the heat and dryness.

The time came when we approached the well watered valleys of California and it was a sight to behold.

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Our entire demeanor was changed from of one feeling desperation to one of hope for the present and future. We were dried out but all we needed was a refreshing.

Christians sometimes find themselves spiritually in a dry place and as time passes they feel the effects of the drought. Endurance is tested and one's manner begins to change.

At a time like this we question everything and who we are. When this happens we need to understand there is nothing wrong with us all we need is to be refreshed and we will be better than we were before.

Isaiah 41:17-18 "The poor and needy look for water, but they cannot find any. Their tongues are dry with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer their prayers. I, the God of Israel, will not leave them to die. I will make rivers flow on dry hills. I will make springs of water flow through the valleys. I will change the desert into a lake filled with water. There will be springs of water in that dry land.

If you find yourself being spiritually the question arises "Why am I like this?" The answer may be that people are drawing on you so much that you have nothing left for yourself! Paul seemed to experience this:

Corinthians 11:26-28 During my many travels, I have been in danger from rivers, robbers, my own people, and foreigners. My life has been in danger in cities, in deserts, at sea, and with people who only pretended to be the Lord's followers. Besides everything else, each day I am burdened down, worrying about all the churches.

You don't happen to be in a dry place now are you? When this happens you must seek the refreshing that comes from the Lord and when the refreshing comes you will be more energized than ever before.

This post is linked with Jennifer at: God-Bumps and God-Incidences

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