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Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before (Joel 2:23).
Check out Joel chapter 2: God's grace and mercy is woven through the thirty-two verses- a message we need to hear loud and clear.
Like our Georgia "clay", are you dry, agonizing for a cup of life-giving water? Are you desperate for one sip of His goodness? (Read the the story of the Samaritan Women here)
The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail (Isaiah 58:11).
Next time the rain waters your land, stop and notice the way sky looks after a good rain? The blue sky is brighter- clean, whimsical, even dreamlike. There's a freshness to the world around us in the aftermath of a life-giving rain. Look closely. Once in a while a promise sealing rainbow makes its debut. In fact, a beautiful bow is spread across the sky out the window in front of me at this very moment. *smile*.
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint (Jeremiah 31:25).
In the same way that we can't will the rain to come to water our ground, we can't will the Lord to deliver us from our desert. We can, however, stand on His Word- I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! (Psalm 27:3). (Joel 2:23, Isaiah 58:11, John 4:1-26, Jeremiah 31:25) Seek Him in the mist of each circumstance and learn as much as you can, knowing that God is good- And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
If I were to try to describe what the past couple of weeks have been like for me, desolate and dry are the best words I can find. The rain saving our thirsty ground has been a reminder of the Spirit that quenches my spiritual thirst. Thank you, Lord.
Oh that He would reign!
In His Name,