Relief! The rain on Monday and some more again yesterday was such an answer to prayer. One month without any significant rain caused genuine concern for folks in our area. Our lawns turned into areas of straw stubble with only weeds seemingly able to thrive under such conditions. Farmers viewed the stunted growth of their crops with dismay wondering if the harvest would be impacted by the early period of dryness. Living in a rural setting means most people rely on getting their water from wells. Some wells are deep, going into a vast supply of water and some are shallow which are more sensitive to dry conditions.
The lack of rain causes serious issues for all of God’s creation. Water is the earth’s life source. Without water all of God’s creation will eventually die. It is generally agreed upon that a person can last three days without water. There are contributing factors that can cause that time period to increase or decrease but generally the three-day rule applies. Thankfully people today realize the serious consequences of dehydration so they make sure that those who are exerting themselves physically stay hydrated.
Just as the human body requires water on a consistent basis to survive the soul needs the refreshment of communion with God to thrive. The Greek word for this communion/fellowship with God is koinonia. It implies a harmonious partnership in which God supplies the nourishment needed for spiritual refreshment when one nurtures a consistent relationship with Him.
King David realized this need for God as he wrote Psalm 63 during a time when he was surviving in the wilderness of Judah hiding from his son Absolom’s rebellion. David writes: “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole-body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” David realized his need for God’s strength and sustain power and that only God can satisfy his deepest longings.
Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may you echo David’s words in sincerity. Just as you rejoiced at the rain that fell to replenish the earth may you rejoice in God’s presence that is always available to refresh and satisfy your soul. May you continue to dig deep into God’s supply of living water that will nourish you and allow you to flourish even when the people or environment that surround you are like a dry parched land. May you thank God for His abundant provision that refreshes your soul and renews your spirit.