Wednesday, August 3, 2011


They have come to depend on me for water, these frisky twins and their feathered friends, and so I brave the 103 degree heat to refill the birdbath. I scrub away the accumulated scum and wonder how they can stand to drink this dirty, tepid water. I do my best to keep it drinkable - but I am a poor substitute for a cool, clear stream of running water.

I make my way to the hose and drag it over to the birdbath. It is in the shade now, and I hope they will all enjoy a cool drink this evening.

 The grass crunches under my feet as I walk back toward the water spigot, and I can't bear to pass it by. I stand holding the hose over the cracked earth and watch it drink. It is so dry, and I know I can never satisfy such a deep thirst. The lawn is too big, and I am mindful that we don't have a bottomless well. I must be careful not to use too much water.

It hurts the eyes to look around and see the deep need - a need I cannot satisfy.

The sky is that perfect blue with only a few little puffs of white. They hold no promise.

And the sun beats hot - unrelenting day after day.

I turn off the water and coil the hose back into a limp roll, and I pray. Pray to the only one who can satisfy the need of this thirsty land. For there are some things that only He can do.

I think of my own heart, of the times I have tried to satisfy its cravings with things that promised much and left me feeling empty and lost. It seems my heart has been fashioned in such a way that there is only One who can perfectly fill it. When I give Him entrance, He comes; He satisfies; He fills.

"O God, Thou art 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.

So I will bless Thee as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Thy name.
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips."
Psalm 63:1,4,5

Linking to Emily's imperfect prose.



  1. This is so very beautiful!
    I can completely relate!

    I actually went out with a large cup of water and placed it on the ground outside for the bird friends to drink from.

    It was 110 here today.

    I'm so glad you shared this today! =)
    Thank you for sharing.
    Your words, pictures, and the verse at the end all flowed so smoothly.


  2. Linda, you're so sweet to those little critters. I guess the deer in our pastures drink from the dirty ponds and I hardly ever see a bird here now. The crows drink from the stock trough. We're right underneath this high pressure system and today we reached 116.5* for a while, then a brief shower cooled us to the 90s; not enough to really help, but it gives us hope that one day SOON there will be enough.

    I love your choice of scriptures for today.

  3. such heat!
    make sure you all drink plenty of water.

  4. the heat is nearly unbearable...i know the feeling of seeing the hurting and wishing to do something...and praying that prayer...lovely post linda

  5. It is so hard to understand, isn't it? Such potent thoughts!

  6. Today we have rain, blessed rain here in middle England, and I have been outside moving rain water from the one attached water tank to the other ones, still waiting to catch it all. The rain which came 2 days ago for a brief moment was too hard and too fast for the ground to absorb - it just bounced off.

    So we do what we can with what we are right, Linda, He comes. He fills. He stretches. If we wait.

  7. You have a gift for taking every day matters and using them as analogies for Christian living.

    As soon as I read your words about how the soil needed more than you could give with the hose, I thought she's going to parallel this with our hearts and Christ. And you did with elegance and grace.
    Wonderful lesson.
    We're suffering in the high 80s and low 90s here in southeastern Ohio (that is very high for this area), but we have had rain --a good full day of it. I'll join you in praying that God moves the clouds over your area.
    So glad you're watching over those darling twins and their feathered friends. :>)

  8. I share your heart, Linda, for the thirsty, and have been praying for the heavens to let loose. I wonder how many of us all over this land are crying out for rain, physical and spiritual. My heart breaks for the farmers and ranchers, and those without any water--this generation. We usually don't appreciate what we have until it is gone. Our well was low a couple of weeks ago, and we got mud in our pipes. I have never been so thankful for clean water. And I'm asking for more for this dry land, for mercy from our Lord who hears and knows and has promised to provide for our every need. Blessings to you.

  9. It's been a year of great extremes ... so thankful the Lord is our constant.

  10. dear linda, yes. only he can fully satisfy. thank you for reminding me of this... so often i try to quench my own thirst, and it only leaves me wanting. love you sister. and i love your beautiful heart--the way you provide cool water for the deer to drink.

  11. Oh, Linda... we really do have kindred hearts!! To know that you care for the deer and the birds, too... oh, how you bless me today! My mom and i do the very same thing (she has deer; I do not.... but how I love to see them when I visit). The ground is so dry here... so very dry. But you're right-- we can help in little ways... by offering a bird bath full of cool refreshment... but oh, how that pales in comparison to the Lord's filling of us! What an awesome picture you've painted here, Linda... this one will stay with me for quite some time! Thank you :)

  12. "It hurts the eyes to look around and see the deep need - a need I cannot satisfy."

    I couldn't help but think of friends and loved ones when I read this line. Knowing what Christ has done in my life and that He is the only One who can meet their deepest need, yet for whatever reason they cannot or are unwilling to turn to Him---this has to be the hardest part of being a Christian. The waiting...But still there is Hope and mine is to pray and wait and rest.
    I enjoy seeing pictures of your yard and pray that the rains will quickly come to you!