2012-08-22 / Church

Today’s Meditation

A Refreshing Spray
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Read Isaiah 44:3-8

[Those who do not listen to the wicked] are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season.

- Psalm 1:3 (NRSV)

Several years ago, I traveled to Zimbabwe on a work assignment. The country was experiencing a terrible drought that year. All along the highway we could see the devastating results of the lack of rain — the dusty, dried-out fields containing no vegetation, the carcasses of thousands of livestock strewn across the countryside.

However, when we reached Victoria Falls, I saw an incredible sight. The forest in the immediate vicinity was as green and lush as anything I had ever seen. I soon learned the reason: The natural spray from the river, as it plunges over the high cliffs, literally creates a constant “rain” or mist over the area.

The presence of that lush rain forest in the midst of such a devastating drought revealed a profound truth: We too can live in the midst of drought, not a drought of water but a drought of compassion, understanding, and love — a drought of the heart. This inner drought leaves us as thirsty and hopeless as the bony farm animals on the side of the road in Zimbabwe.

The refreshment we need comes from God, who ministers to our drought-weary hearts through a song, the kind words of a friend, an unexpected telephone call, or a note sent in the mail. Bathed in God’s love, we become part of the stream ourselves, flowing and nurturing others. Those ever-flowing streams bathe us in the refreshing spray of God’s love and care.

Hilly Hicks

(California, USA)

Thought for the Day: Who needs me to offer God’s life-giving water today?

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to receive your life-giving water today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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