|Posted by bergeron.jeffery on August 10, 2015 at 5:10 PM||comments (10)|
I stretch out my hands to you; my sol thirst for you like a parched land. (v. 6)
Many parts of our earth experience severe drought. Extended hot weather causes the grass and plants to turn brown and wither. as plants die, the root systems that anchor the earth in place can no longer hold it. Cracks form in the surface of the earth as it dries, turning everyhing into parched mess. When winds kick up, huge dust clouds result, blanketing the area with fine powder and further misery.
Yearning for God is depicted in this psalm as a spiritual drought.Spiritual writers often pick up on this image of desiccation, describing the sense of being far from God as aridity and withering. Spiritual vitality, in contrast, is envisioned as a well-watered garden or flowing water, buirsting with greenery and life.
My spiritual path runs through both desert and rain forest. I've felt as dry as a bone or as lush as a garden. Both are part of the pattern of faith. We can still offer our husks to God, trusting in God's love even when faith seems dried out, trusting that the one who tends the garden will coax new life out of us yet.
Gracious God, thank you for your word and
the community of faith that sustain me in dry times.
1 Kings 17:17-24; Acts 20:7-12
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