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Sunday, January 29, 2006

drought

The season was late summer of 1999 and we had not had any measurable rain most of the year. The pond adjoining the rear of our property – belonging to the in-laws – was at least six feet low. Sections of dirt and stumps were visible and dry that had not been so since the dam had been built. Whole generations of insects had lived and died, never knowing rain.

But the weather changed one morning and it was as if all of nature could sense that the “drought of ‘99” was nearing an end. The clouds slowly formed and anticipation of a long awaited and needed event started to build.

While looking very promising, these dark bringers of rain seemed to stand around with uncertainty – as though they had forgotten how to deliver their precious cargo to the earth. The thunder began to give rather loud instructions to these emissaries of moisture and as the lightning pointedly insisted, it slowly began to rain.

Watching as these first drops hit the powder-dry ground, they seemed to explode in small puffs of dust like tiny bombs in a miniature war. But the earth had yet to gather enough wetness to clear its thirsty throat when it suddenly all stopped. As though suddenly realizing they were at the wrong address, the clouds slunk away with the thunder murmuring apologies over their shoulders.

Several weeks later these billowy masses slipped shame-facedly back into the area and rained for most of a whole day as though trying to make amends for their earlier deficiencies.

Our whole world, but America in particular is in the middle of a drought of a different kind – a spiritual one. This country that was founded on principles from the Bible is drying up spiritually and its foundation is turning to dust. We as Christians need to be seeking a spiritual rain to descend on us again. We need to be like Psalms 63:1 : “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” God is still good and as we whole-heartedly pray, He will send the spiritual showers to bring real life back to our country again. ec

9 Comments:

Blogger Morpheus said...

Amen brother. America definitely seems to be at the crossroads and must decide how it wants to define itself as a nation. I pray that wisdom and courage will prevail in the land of the free.

Good imagery.

1/29/2006 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger Bonita said...

It is true that when the first drops hit, it looked like an explosion of dust...when God really enters the heart of man, that too creates an explosion. Much is cast away and recreated. You found a good analogy!

1/29/2006 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

morpheus - That's my prayer as well because I know that it must come from God.

bonita - Yes, much needs to cast away and re-created. ec

1/29/2006 03:41:00 PM  
Blogger The MacBean Gene said...

The living water still flows but the thirst for it has been replaced by a hunger for the things of this world. It's no wonder obesity is a problem with so many in our country.
God bless.

1/29/2006 04:46:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

TMG - Yes, going for the things seen instead of the unseen things that are better.

About the last sentence, I need to put in a little more time at the track at the gym and a little less in front of this computer. :) ec

1/29/2006 05:12:00 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Mr Eddie ~~ You sure jump around from one subject to another. I find all your posts interesting, and keep wondering what the next subject will be.
I too, try to avoid loud and aggressive persons. Thanks for the visit. May God continue to "rain" down his blessings on you and both our countries.

1/29/2006 11:21:00 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Love your descriptive writing. May god bless both our countries :)

1/30/2006 05:11:00 AM  
Blogger bubba said...

I think it is just a matter of persecption. You may see a drought. I see a resurgance. The rain is falling and god is seeding again.

1/30/2006 05:39:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

merle - My mind just jumps from one thing to another, and thereabout I write. :) Thanks for the visit.

michele - Thanks - and yes we need His blessings.

bubba - I agee that we are having the rain of revival in some areas, we just need more. ec

1/30/2006 07:57:00 AM  

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