Whatever happened to our lovely southern summer weather? Like no summer we’ve had in a long while this one was so cool and wet that August felt like fall. But then September rolled in and everything changed. It’s been hot. It’s been dry. And our leaves are falling from lack of rain. If we don’t get some moisture soon our fall colors won’t appear. We enjoyed such a lovely summer only to be greeted with a change we didn’t ask for. Even if it cools down we are still sorely in need of some rain. We want to go back to the good weather of previous months don’t we?
I can relate. We have been fortunate to see my hubby’s return to health but we do fondly remember the times before the stroke and occasionally the thought of wanting to go back to the former times creeps in. Our friends had a memorial for their young son and husband yesterday. Surely they want to go back to before the accident. Others of you understand. Since we can’t go back and we can’t change things, how do we live? How do we keep going forward? How do we keep praying for rain when it’s so hot and dry?
Oh beloved, the Lord speaks love over you this very day. He understands the depth of your sorrow and the hopelessness you may be feeling over things you’d like to go back to. It’s hot and dry in your heart and you cannot imagine how God could ever make you feel any better. But He wants you to know that He is the soother of your heart and the fountain of your living water. He is the Only Choice you have. But He is a supernatural choice. He takes what could have been and combines it with His Sovereign care and says “trust Me”. He promises that no matter what you are encountering He’s already been preparing everything you need. You won’t wilt. You won’t shrivel up. You won’t die from the heartache. The rain will return and the earth will again turn lush and promising. But there is the waiting for now.
The Lord wants you to know that because of Jesus you have eternal outcomes awaiting you. Because of Jesus you have an expected end that is good. Because of the Cross at Calvary there is also an Empty Tomb. And that Empty Tomb is full of your promises and your hope and your future. God’s not angry, nor is He trying to teach you a lesson. He doesn’t parade your regrets before your eyes. This same God who paid the way for you to have eternal life also gives you springs of living water in a dry and thirsty land. Your destiny and calling aren’t to barely make it the rest of your days. It is to thrive in the midst of earthly woes and become a beacon of life to the world. This is where your strength lies. Not in good weather or perfect situations, but in spite of bad weather, bad times and bad situations.
God loves you and He’s for you. Run to Him this morning and lay it all out before Him. He already knows and already has an answer for you. He is your answer. Rest in His promises and wait for the rain as you live in the Light of His Truth and His Love.
Psalm 63:1 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.
Psalm 42:2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?
Psalm 143:6 I stretch out my hands to You; My soul longs for You, as a parched land. Selah.
John 7:38 To the one who believes in Me, it is just as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.'”