Have you ever had a dry spell in your walk with God? A time when nothing horrible was going on. In fact, life was smooth sailing, yet you longed for growth that would result in maturity.
A few months ago, when it was finally warm enough, I planted a long double row of beautiful bushy tomato plants. I fertilized, mulched, watered and anticipated big juicy ripe tomatoes. However, they just stood there barely growing an inch and didn’t bloom. I knew they were putting down roots, though. After watering regularly for 3 months, it began to rain. Showers and downpours in the midst of what is typically the hottest driest days of summer in Southwest Kansas produced miraculous growth and blooming in the tomato row. Now the plants are loaded with green tomatoes slowly ripening to red.
Sometimes life is like that. We fertilize, mulch and water spiritually through Bible reading, study, church, prayer and such, yet feel like nothing is happening. No growth. No new insights. Don’t be disheartened, and don’t become lazy during this dry spell. Rather, being rooted and grounded in God’s word during the smooth time is what prepares us for the next growth spurt so we will be ready to stand strong, flourish and produce fruit.
Jesus said, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NLT
I’m tossing turning
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29 NLT
I do not ever remember a Southwest Kansas August with rain showers every couple days. Along with the rain has come cooler temps, under 100 degrees, and a few days dipping to the 70s for the highs. Let me just say, this is quite unusual, yet such a blessing! Although our three year drought is not technically over, this month of rain has greened the landscape.
Did you know there was a three year drought recorded in the Bible? This drought was immediate and extreme. There was no rain and no dew. The King sent his servants to scout the land for springs and valleys that might have enough water and grass to keep the animals alive. Throughout this time, the king and his people continually turned their backs on God choosing to worship idols instead. In the third year of drought, Elijah, Prophet of God, challenged the king’s prophets of Baal, the king’s god. This challenge would prove who was the One True God. By the end of the challenge, the people ‘fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The LORD—he is God! Yes, the LORD is God!”‘ (1Kings 18:39) Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel, bent down to the ground and began to pray. Elijah had his servant look toward the sea several times, but there was nothing there. Finally, the seventh time, the servant reported that he saw a cloud as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea. “And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm.” (1Kings 18:45)
One small cloud… Many times Hubby and I have watched for that one small cloud. Sometimes we would see one, and it would build to beautiful thunderheads, and go around us never spilling a single raindrop. However, God has been forming clouds and dumping rain every few days this August 2013. Thank you, God!! Could this be the end of our three year drought?
*To read the full Biblical account of the three year drought, it is recorded in 1 Kings 17- 18.