This year’s drought has really taken its toll on our pastures and tanks. In fact, the water in our tanks is so low, I don’t believe it is healthy for the cows and horses to drink.
This means every day, no matter what else is happening in the world, either Shannon or I make sure we fill the large troughs up to the brim with clean water. It takes quite a while to do this.
Yesterday was an exceptionally long, wonderful day with preaching in two worship services, teaching Sunday school, teaching Confirmation class, delivering Shannon’s books from her teaching days to a young family that has decided to homeschool their children, and a host of other chores that go along with having a farm, by the time I got to filling up the troughs, it was dark.
As the water troughs slowly filled up, I sat in the darkness under a sky filled with stars. It was one of those truly peaceful moments that makes life worth living. I finally had time to slow down and think.
Much like the daily routine of making sure our livestock have water, it is important for followers of Christ to understand we need to continually drink from the living water that only comes through nurturing the relationship we have with the One who created, redeemed, and sustains us.
This is what Jesus meant by saying, “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)
If you feel spiritually dry, do something about it. Pray, read scripture, attend worship, give your money, give your time, give your effort to making a positive difference in this world filled with hatred, bigotry, violence, and addiction.
Turn to Jesus and be filled with living water, a holy purpose, and true peace. You will be glad you did.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, fill me with your living water. Shine your love through me into this broken world. Help me bring others into your loving embrace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Looking at the weather forecast, it doesn’t look like we will be having any rain for at least the next ten days. That means I will be sitting there by the water troughs thinking. I like that.
My prayer is you find time to sit, relax, slow down, and think. If you do, I am sure you will hear God speak to the circumstance of your life.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.