Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Psalm 63:1 - EMPTY


God, you are my God.
I search for you.
I thirst for you like someone
in a dry, empty land
where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1
 
Last week the word was "filled" -- How can we be filled with the rush of the Holy Spirit?
 
Today the word is "empty."
 
We've asked to be filled, but since then, life has gotten in the way. At least that's true for me. I'm surely not empty, but a little water has evaporated from the watering can. Do you ever feel like that? Are there ever days that feel like a dry and dusty desert and your heart feels parched?
 
In a journey across a desert we hope that we might happen across a fruitful oasis. In the journey of faith and life, we have the ability to make an oasis suddenly appear. Generally it just takes time and attention. If we slow down the busyness and reprioritize God and faith, we are likely to suddenly find ourselves beneath streams of living water.
 
On the days when you're feeling evaporated and empty, reach out your hands, asking God for a splash of refreshing water.
 
In Christ's Love,
an oasis maker   
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Sometimes the feeling of emptiness can become the 'norm' and you don't even know what living water feels like.  I have been so completely and utterly dry spiritually over the past year that even of few drops of refreshing water from God is such a blessing.

But I am discovering that that occasionally Pastor is right. (shhh ... don't tell him) That when I can quiet my swirling thoughts. When I focus on God. When I count my blessings. Then my restless, parched soul is quieted, refreshed. Maybe even a bit peaceful. Those moments, I guess, are a bit like an oasis in a desert land.

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