Brown grass. Cracked skin. Dry throat. Yep, you know exactly what I am talking about. These are things that have to be hydrated in order to function properly and maintain a healthy state. If too much time passes, desperation for even just one drop of water is at an all-time high because it is simply a necessity.
This past week was jammed-packed full of my stressed-out voice stating the phrases, “Ahhh I’ve got to do this” or “No, unfortunately I can’t do that until I get this done.” As my week went on, I had priorities that took over my quiet times with Him and times where I would sit in His presence. Throughout the week, The Holy Spirit continued to press one word on my heart: dry.
Which, by the way, aren’t we so blessed to serve a God who is not a jigsaw puzzle or a Rubik’s cube? He will often talk to His children in the simplest of ways, as if it were just a Dad and his little kid. It’s powerful that one word can fully grab our attention and lead us into a change of the heart.
Not by coincidence, this morning I read over Psalm 65:9, “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.” I found myself going over that one part of the verse, You enrich it abundantly. You enrich it abundantly…you ENRICH it ABUDANTLY?
Think of the word enrich. It is defined in Webster’s dictionary: “To supply with abundance of anything desirable.” Okay, hold up. Anything desirable? What about the word abundance? “A very large quantity of something.”
How often do we allow just a sprinkle to come into our lives and call it good? You know, the sprinkle that we might get from a church service. Or a sprinkle from that podcast in the car or the worship song that we listen to. Don’t get me wrong, these things can play a critical role in our lives as they encourage, guide, and strengthen our walks with Him. However, I don’t know about you, but my dry and needy heart soaks that sprinkle up just like that!
My thirsty heart needs an absolute downpour every single day. By sitting alone in His presence and soaking up everything He pours out, I am then able to ooze a river full of enriched and abundant water. This water is the very water that enables me to touch other thirsty souls because it’s the water that is from Him and Him alone.
No matter how hard we try to ignore it, our desperate, needy hearts can only be quenched with water that comes straight from Him. I ask myself, Why is setting aside time that is devoted to Him sometimes so hard to make a priority? Honestly, I should be dropping everything I have and my list of to-dos for the week so I can soak up every bit of that enriched water He gives. That specific water is what my destined-to-thrive soul was made for. In reality, I am depriving myself of the abundant enrichment that His water contains. It’s a daily watering. A daily “dropping everything we have and our entire list of to-dos” and sitting before Him, letting Him shower us with His love. His enriched, abundant love.