It’s been a hot week with little rain. The fields at our farm are showing signs of stress. We hear of record-breaking temperatures in Europe and more fires out West. We could use some rain. (On the bright side I haven’t had to mow the grass but once in the past month.)
The bible is full of stories of drought and people hoping for rain. It was drought that sent Joseph’s brothers to Egypt where they were reunited (Genesis 42-45). It was drought that brought Elijah to the widow of Zarephath saving her through the miracle of the jars of flour and oil (1 Kings 17). It was drought that prompted Jeremiah to call God’s people to repentance (Jeremiah 14).
But sometimes the droughts aren’t physical. Sometimes it’s our souls that feel dry. We are thirsty for something that not even rain can quench. Jesus speaks to this kind of thirst when He talks to the woman at the well. “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,” Jesus tells her. “But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
I hope we get some rain this week; but whether we do or not, may Christ give you all that your soul is thirsting for.
Isaiah 55: 1 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters…10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.