Thursday, June 23, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Psalm 65:9 - ABUNDANCE

You care for the land and water it;
you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
to provide the people with grain,
for so you have ordained it.
Psalm 65:9
Yesterday's theme of spiritual emptiness was symbolized by a dry and dusty desert.
Today the theme is abundance. The land is abundant with rich harvests because God has watered it abundantly.
Now, there are places in this world where this is definitely true. There are tropical rainforests where the vegetation is thick and rich. But there are also vast deserts where seemingly nothing abides. The irony of this passage is that it was written in portions of the Middle East which most of us would consider sparse at best.
Is the Psalmist naive?
Is he being relative? ("Compared to the Negev desertGalilee feels lush.")
Or is he observing a powerful spiritual point?
Jesus teaches us to pray for daily bread. In this daily view of sustanence, all we need is "enough." "Enough," therefore, is "abundance."
Having lived for many years in the desert, one grows to appreciate every sprinkle of water and every glimpse of green. Enough is abundance.
In desiring the presence of the Holy Spirit, we've rightly said that we desire an overflow. When we can begin to define "abundance" as "enough," there can be an overflow every day.
In Christ's Love,
a guy who's hoping to see
just enough of a
drop of rain on this hot day
(I wouldn't mind feeling just enough
of the wind of the Spirit
on this hot day too.) 
'Enough' is an interesting concept. Especially when you have been filled, but with something not of God. You're used to being filled, to the feeling of it. The comfort.

But if it isn't from God - what's the point of it filling me? you? anyone? Maybe, just maybe, by allowing ourselves to be empty - as uncomfortable it is - as scary and painful as it can be - then when we accept what God truly wants to give us - it is enough. And after being so empty - that enough is abundance and fills all of our empty space with life instead of death. truth instead of lies. Enough. Enough to live for God. Daily. on this earth. And that enough ... like manna ... turns into abundance.

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