Wednesday, July 29, 2009


As we set records for heat and drought here, I find myself thinking constantly of rain. As often happens, the Lord uses such things to whisper truth to my heart.

We have been frugally watering our dying grass in a vain attempt to keep it just a little green. We wait until the sun goes down and then place the sprinkler in the most needy place. The parched ground soaks up all it can in the limited time we allow the sprinkler to run.

When morning comes, we can see a slightly greener circumference where the water has done its work, but by late afternoon it is dry and brown again. Our best efforts are making little difference in the health of our lawn.

I know that when rains finally come it will be very different, for the Lord is a far better gardener than we can ever hope to be. His watering methods are far superior - distributing life-giving water to every needy thing. When the morning comes, we see the evidence of His miraculous touch. Everything is lush and green, sparkling with new life.

So it is in my life. When I find myself in that desert place, there is nothing that can quench that thirst like the Lord. I can try other things that I think will bring a measure of satisfaction and fulfillment, but they only give a temporary reprieve. I need never settle for just a sprinkling. He offers rivers of living water.

"...whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."
John 4:14



  1. So very, very true Linda!
    The country is upside down in so many ways isn't it! Morality, politics and even weather! Here we're having so much rain... They're forecasting possibly up to 5" with flash flooding tonight! I'd better check on the basement...make sure everything's up off the floor! I'm worried about the robin's nest in the pine tree (our third in the front of the house this year) The eggs just hatched this week!
    I'll keep your heat and drought in my prayers!
    your words on this are very wise!

  2. Oh! I forgot to thank you for the recipe! I can't wait to try it... If it comes nice, I'll write a post about it ;o)

  3. I love this, dear Linda. I always say that God is much better at watering our yard than we are - and He does it so quickly, when He does it. And it's free!

  4. Amen & amen! I pray you all receive your much needed rain soon. Actually, it would be so nice to send a bit of ours your way!

  5. There is a song by Michael W. Smith called Healing Rain and I love it... my oldest dd signs it.... thank you for your words they encourage me so much


  6. Linda---I so KNOW that feeling of dry parched land!

    BUT the LORD is there...wherever we need the water---He pours it on when we persistantly go to Him with our needs.

    You really blessed me tonight with this! I have felt the dryness---and now I feel Him speaking in His gentle way about things in my life---directions and plans...and I cling and follow!

    Love you sister---kindred heart of mine!

  7. Loved this analogy. We had rain so hard yesterday I almost had to pull off the roads, wish I could send some of it down your way. But God's timing is always best and it'll arrive when it's time.

  8. Yes rivers of living water that satisfy when nothing else will. He knows the best timing to make our thirst be quenched to the fullest. This was great Linda!

  9. what a great analogy. I have been thinking of rain, too. our yard is completely brown.