Distraction of Drought #devotion

 watered gareden

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

This summer has been one of the coolest and wettest summers I have experienced since I moved out East. In fact, for a while, we were receiving rain showers every day which refreshed the air and made the landscapes lush and green. Then things changed, remember Irving Berlin’s song “we’re having a heat wave”? The temperatures reached over 95 degrees with 90% humidity each day. If there was a shower, it quickly passed leaving the air stifling and thick. I struggled to keep my plants watered and then I had to leave to go out of town. The picture below shows what happened.

wiltwd plant

I arrived home to be greeted by this sight and was sure I had lost these plants. Praying for the best I decided to water them before I left for work that morning. When I arrived home, I was amazed at the transformation. They went from shriveled up wilted plants to flourishing greenery in that short of time!

healthy plant

Sometimes I feel like those wilted plants in the first picture. My own spiritual drought can be caused by exhaustion, worry, illness, loneliness, depression or over commitment, just to name a few. When my spirit is wilting and weak, I know I need to drink in the living water of our Lord. It is the water of the living Lord that can quench my soul and satisfy my sun-scorched spirit.

That drink of living water can come in many ways, depending on the cause of my drought:

    1. Reading His Word
    2. Connecting with a Christian friend
    3. Praying with a friend
    4. Carving out daily devotional time
    5. Participating in worship
    6. Just to name a few

Recently I felt parched and was searching for direction. My spirit was filled with doubt and discouragement. I couldn’t put my finger on the cause of these feelings. It just so happened I was registered to attend a conference with Carol Kent’s Speak Up ministry. During these uplifting and inspiring days, I not only connected with family and other believers, but I worshipped, prayed, cried, celebrated and learned many things. I grew through the teachings, the encouragement and the fellowship of this fabulous weekend. I realized that I was trying live and direct my life by my will and my own expectations. When I do this, I eventually am trying to draw strength from an empty well. God’s well of Living water never runs dry, but I have to seek it daily through tangible actions to drink it.

This conference gave me the opportunity to drink from the living water of Christ. I returned home feeling refreshed and strengthened as only the Lord can do.

What is causing your drought today? Do you know that the Lord desires to quench your parched soul and your sun-scorched spirit with His living water? He wants you to be a well-watered garden producing fruits for His glory. Where do you go to find the Living water?

Dear Lord, Forgive me when I try to handle each day on my own. Sometimes I don’t understand the challenges, but you do. Sometimes I am disappointed with the day-to-day discouragements, but You desire to encourage me. Sometimes the worries for my loved ones consume my time and energies, but You love them and care for them too. I desire to drink from Your spring of Living water.   Help me to find that well and take the time to draw from it and quench my parched soul. Amen.

This blog entry is part of the Speak Up 15 Conference follow-up. Enjoy reading many of the added reflections

Speak-Up-blog-hop-button-300x300 recap

 

10 Comments

  1. Deb Massey Arnold on July 30, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Very timely reminder. Too many balls in the air. Can’t breath at times. Need to make more time for reading and quiet time. Thanks so much. ❤️

    • pegarnold on July 31, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Deb
      Saying No is the hardest thing to do. Prayers are with you as you as you balance all your demands!
      Peg

  2. pegarnold on July 30, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    thanks Deb, Its funny how God is teaching me this on a day to day basis!

  3. Doreen May on July 31, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Thanks for the inspirational words, Peg. I really needed to hear them! I am overwhelmed and parched – turning to the Lord is all I need. I appreciate the reminder!

    • pegarnold on July 31, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Doreen, you always are an inspiration to me as you seek to balance everything. Such a special time in life to savor moments knowing that Christ is there to renew us! Your support means a lot.

  4. Connie on July 31, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Just good reminders — the drought often comes on slowly before we even notice. Thank you for reminding us how to stay “watered”.

    • pegarnold on July 31, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Connie,
      This is a reminder that I need as well. Thank you for the encouragement!
      Peg

  5. cindybultema865766437 on August 3, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Dear Peg, Always a joy to spend time with you, my friend. Thank you for sharing your beautiful reflections! I love how you said, “…When I do this, I eventually am trying to draw strength from an empty well. God’s well of Living water never runs dry, but I have to seek it daily through tangible actions to drink it.” What a good word and powerful reminder. Amen, friend! Amen!

  6. katdesigns11 on August 12, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Peg,
    Thanks for your reminders it is too easy for me to allow myself to become dry.

    • pegarnold on August 12, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      You and me both, whether I allow myself to be distracted or forget to connect, I am always renewed with Christs living water. Thank you for the confirmation.

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