Friday, August 7, 2015

Are you experiencing your own personal drought?

I asked my son Carter for a writing prompt, because I want to write as an 'exercise'...not just when an idea pops in my head.  Just like I don't physically exercise only when I 'feel' like it.  (Cuz who ever truly 'feels' like it?)  Crazy people, that's who!!!!!! 

He mentioned the drought and to tie it in spiritually. Okayyy then...

California has been hit pretty hard by the drought out here.  My lawn is living proof (or should I say dead proof?!)  Getting fake grass was a topic of discussion recently.  I mean hey, if we don't have the water to sustain 'real', we may have to settle for 'fake'

John 4:14 says, "But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again."

This kind of water sustains a 'real' life, not a 'fake' version (a cheap alternative.)  And it never runs out.  Have you ever felt spiritually dry.  Nothing excites you anymore.  Just going through the motions.  Could it be that you need a taste of some living water?  Your drought is causing you to be brittle and dying like my poor grass. 

Many of us are not living the 'real' life God created us to live because we are lacking in the water He offers us.  It's not a drought we have no control over like our California drought.  It's a self inflicted drought. The faucet or well of God's word is sitting right there, we're just not drawing from it. Pretty silly, huh?!  We're literally so thirsty, like on a Desert Island...but we're 'choosing' not to drink from what has been freely offered to us.

The other thing I've learned is that sometimes we don't even know our own thirst.  Many times we actually 'feel' like we are hungry, when in fact we are truly thirsty and dehydrated.  So we stuff our face with food and never get the real legitimate need satisfied.

That's what we humans tend to do.  We are actually spiritually thirsty, but we fill our life with other cheap imitations, thinking that THAT is what we are actually hungry for.  (Money, success, relationships, drugs, food, etc.)  But those things will never satisfy what we are truly craving.  Some living water from our Living God!

This last month for me has been a season of loss.  It really gets you thinking about the important things in life.  I don't want to settle for the fake alternatives, because they really don't satisfy during seasons like these.  When you are dealing with the death of someone close to your family, filling your life with fun activities and vacations may distract you for a bit...but they won't sustain you.  His Word is the only place where real comfort can be found.  It may not have all the specific answers of why things have happened, yet I can rest in the One who knows.  And I can draw strength from Him, in the midst of not knowing.  That is what faith is for, to rest in the 'not knowing'. 

What are some unhealthy ways you try and fill that thirst within you?
Try and come up with some healthy alternatives.

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