Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DROUGHT!

DROUGHTS COME NY NOBODY’S PLAN, EXCEPT GOD’S. Sure, some people blame global warming, that may be the case, but in reality the nature that God created is responding as God designed it to respond. Therefore, the drought we are experiencing is either caused directly by the hand of God (judgement?) or by God’s original design of how nature works.

We might not be able to do anything to stop the drought but there are some things we can do to lessen it effects upon our lives. We can find ways to better store the water that we do have. We can find ways to use less water as in taking shorter showers or watering our yards less often and for shorter period of time. We can also save and reuse the water we have like catching the shower water in a bucket and using it to water our plants, or do the same with the water we have left in our sink after washing the dishes.

As with physical droughts, we can also experience spiritual droughts. Sometimes they are a result of poor decisions we have made, we can call that sin. Sometimes they may be a result of God’s activity in our lives, often referred to as the “Dark Night of the Soul. (See Saint John of the Cross’s book by the same title.)

As with the physical drought there are some things we can do to help us during our spiritual droughts. The first thing is to acknowledge and accept that spiritual droughts happen, and not always as a result of sin or of God’s judgement. Second, we adjust our lives so that we allow for the spiritual water of the Holy Spirit to be saved up and used rightly. That means not rushing through our “spiritual” times with God. We must allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us so that as the Psalmist writes is Psalm 139:23-14,
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Third, we must save the spiritual water that we already possess. Again, as the Psalmist writes in Psalm 119:11, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart so I might not sin against You.”

Droughts happen, physical and spiritual. There may not be anything we can do to stop them, but there are things we can do to lessen their effect. May God grant you His grace to do so.

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