Somehow even when everything around them is dry and crying out for refreshment, these plants know to dig deeper, to anchor their roots even more firmly into the ground, and when they do so, they not only survive, they flourish.
My instincts often seem to be the opposite: to settle for what’s on the surface, though I know that my thirst will never be satisfied by what’s here. But digging deep takes more energy than I sometimes feel like I have, and if I’m honest, at times I’m not sure how far I’ll have to dig before I will finally reach the water that I crave.
…And yet, even knowing that it’s water that I crave, why do I insist on trying to find nourishment elsewhere? As the rains have begun to fall on the land, bringing to an end the months of dryness, so my parched heart cries out for the refreshment that I know can only come from the Living Water.
How grateful I am for a God who is patient with me, for One who satisfies our hunger and thirst. …And when I see these flowers, these bright, vibrant flowers, blooming in an environment that seems almost hostile to growth, I am encouraged that He also has the power to spring beauty up in the most unlikely places – even in a heart that sometimes feels as weary and dry as the desert that surrounds us.
Oh, Father, I am grateful that even when I am weary, You never grow tired or faint. I am grateful that You can take the dry, desert places in our lives and pour out streams of refreshment on them. Help me to turn to You and You alone to satisfy my thirst and fill my cup.
“A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek;
I want to drink God, deep draughts of God.
I’m thirsty for God-alive.
I wonder, ‘Will I ever make it –
arrive and drink in God’s presence?’”
-From Psalm 42 (The Message)
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”
“O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.”
-Psalm 63:1-5 (NLT)