You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
Here in South East Texas (outside of Houston) we are in the middle of one of the worst droughts in years... like lots of years. I personally have not seen us go this long of time without rain. In fact the last day of measurable rain was January 24, 2011. Crazy huh? While many parts in the United States have flooding issues, I have been here just sitting praying for sprinkles.
We finally got some light rain on Tuesday, but some really good rain on Wednesday! What a gift. The whole area was so excited, you would think it was snowing or something. It has been dry, dusty, and just plain ol uncomfortable. Have you ever had 'seasons' in your own life that felt this way? Dry. Dead almost? Yeah, me too. Water brings forth life. Not having that "life" around me, was beginning to make me long for the good things I was missing out on. It's the same in our Christian walk. If we don't have the "life" that comes from Jesus, and God our creator then...... it's dry, dusty, dead.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. Psalm 42:1
When life gets tough, it's hard sometimes to just "suck it up buttercup", and keep pressing forward. BUT, when you get to the point of deep longing, a thirst, you know that you can't go one more moment doing this alone. It's time my friend. Time to allow the storms of life to clear out, and allow God of the Universe to come in.
When we allow God to do His thing within us and simply embrace the process instead of fighting it, things begin to turn around. We find Hope! We find that the thirst (or longing) we had can be quenched! We find that the things that were holding us back, were indeed just for a season, and it's time to find a new way through God to get through this thing called life! For when we let go, and let God, all things become beautiful! Relationships can be healed. Friendships can be fostered. Broken lives can be mended. Hurts can be forgiven. All through Him. Even in the drought, in the storms, or the everyday throws of life, I will choose to Praise HIM, for He is worthy!!
Thank you! I thank each of you who have taken time to read through this post. I pray for each of you to be touched in a new way today by God! I do want to say, while we got rain on Tuesday, and Wednesday we still need more! Please, if you find a moment in your day, pray for our dry and thirsty land to be quenched! Thank you so much!
P.S. These pictures were taken on Tuesday and Wednesday (and the park picture was taken last week). For some reason, I have found great comfort just looking up at the sky ~ taking a moment to appreciate what God had personally hand painted at that very moment for me to see. I couldn't help but share with you as well!