How is it with your soul today?
I woke up this morning feeling anxious, restless and irritable; what I have come to realize is a symptom that my soul is dry, dusty, thirsty. Here in the central valley we have dust storms that make us all irritable as the dust becomes so thick we can't even see across the street, and tumbleweeds roll into our yards (gardens). We're scared to even breathe fearing disease in the wind. We wait anxiously for the rain to come to settle the dust and stop the crazy wind. I now realize when that is happening inside of me, and I know I must go to my garden alone, close the door, and wait for the rain of His Spirit to settle the dust so I can see reality in the light of His Word.
"Oh God, your 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 not water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary and
gazed upon your power and glory (in silence).
Your unfailing love is better to me than life itself: how I praise You...
You satisfy me more than the richest of foods." (Psalm 63)
As I sat in silence, my soul cried out to God "I thirst for You. Satisfy me this morning with your unfailing love." In solitude and silence, as my mind would start to wander, I would say again, "I thirst for You. You satisfy me." And then, I wait. The dust settles, my soul drinks deeply. Now I can see the weeds that need to be removed. All praise to God, as I got up to face my day, the dust was settled. I can breathe. It will stir up again, and again I will wait for the rain.
"I wait quietly before God, for my salvation comes from Him."(Psalm 62)
Thank You Jesus, for inviting us to come.