Showing posts with label rain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rain. Show all posts

Saturday, August 24, 2013

THIRSTY, ANYONE?

Fire reeks havoc, right now, in Yosemite National Park, California. The lake watershed for my city of Wichita Falls, Texas is now at 32% capacity, a mere 3 years of water supply. My husband and I recently traveled across north Texas, northeast New Mexico, and east and west Colorado. All three suffer from drought.

Fields and forests lack sparkle. Borders of lakes retreat. Creeks disappear. Trees looked stressed , colorless, and wilting.  Everything is dry and brittle.

Life requires moisture to live, to flourish, to be strong, whether it's plants or people.

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
                                                                                                      John: 4:14

Are you thirsty? Are you dry, parched? Or, are you a well of water?

Every day, we see in the news or out our back door evidence that woods and lawns becoming too dry are vulnerable to destruction.

We, also, when we become dry are then vulnerable to ensnarement, temptation, defeat.

Today, I feel the need to refresh my water supply. Lord, send Holy Spirit rain on me and my family.

Thirsty, anyone?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

WATER


Water is the earth's new gold.

This last week floods swept into San Antonio, Texas with ten inches of rain in a short span of time. Last night, tornadoes and floods once again tormented Oklahoma City and the surrounding area. These storms brought devastation and loss of life, I pray for the situation still in progress.

Yet, a part of me longs for a tiny bit of their weather problems, not the tornadoes, but perhaps the floods. Wichita Falls, Texas (near the Oklahoma border in central Texas) watches storms build to our west and slide along to our north without a drop of rain to spare for our area. Our land remains parched and dry.

City government tells us that unless we get rain, we have enough water to last to the end of 2014. We conserve all we can. Beautiful green grass and the scent of flowers on the breeze must be sacrificed so we can continue to drink water and take baths. Hot winds stir up wildfires because trees and shrubs are brown and brittle.

I'm reminded of the importance of water to our planet, not too much that would overwhelm our homes, our family, but just enough to provide for our needs.

This is the challenge of our century. Surely if we can travel to the moon and conquer visiting with family and friends on the great web from anywhere in the world, we can figure out how to solve our need for water. We discuss how essential our system of interstate highways is. Do we not also need a system of interstate pipes with valves that can be shut or open to divert water from a flooded area to a parched zone? Come on smart people, think.

(The picture above comes from the Cascade River State Park in Minnesota)

As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? Psalm 42: 1-2

I can't think of our need for physical water without remembering our requirement for spiritual water. Does your heart pant for the living water that only God can give as much as it thirsts for rain to soak the dry ground in drought. Drought from God's presence leaves us cranky and ready to explode into fiery anger just as drought from the rain exposes trees to the chance of wildfire.

Are you living with floods or drought? Spirtually, or physically, or both? Both answers come from our Heavenly Father. I cry along with the signs in most yards of our city as we "pray for rain."