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Topic: Rain (09/07/04)

TITLE: Rain upon my spirit, Lord
By Trish Jones
09/10/04

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Is has been another hard summer here in southern Colorado with the devastating drought causing many farm, yard and house wells to dry up. Our yard well was no exception. We started losing the water for our yard a year ago causing our grass to turn brown and die out. What little water we had left this spring trickled out of the hose we moved from tree to tree hoping to somehow sustain the life that was still evident in the leaves and branches. Our yard was depressing and an embarrassment for me, my husband and son. We had always made our yard a labor of love and something to be proud of.

Earlier this summer we finally lost what little water we were trying to keep on our trees. What life was evident in them has dried up and they have the appearance of death in their branches and loss of leaves.

But, even in the midst of this drought, God has something to teach us about it.

Our spirit has a likeness to our trees. When we continually nourish our spirit with life giving water that only comes from Jesus Christ our branches are bendable, our leaves strong and healthy, our fruit good. When our branches get dry and brittle we become overly sensitive to others words. Our tempers are short. We easily loose our patience. Our feelings get hurt and forgiveness is hard to find. The fruit we produce withers and dies. We ourselves have become dry and brittle breaking at the least bit of pressure put upon us. It is impossible for us to weather a storm without crashing to the ground.

When we continually drink in God’s Word we are able to withstand occasional dry spells in our Spirit. We will go through times when we will face trials, troubles and temptations but the Word of God is the water of life that rains down upon us and sustains us. Enough rain stored in our roots will hold us strong and steadfast in the storms we face.


“For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.” Isaiah 44: 3


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Lynda Lee Schab 09/13/04
Trish,
Great piece - and a valuable lesson.
Well done!
Blessings, Lynda
darlene hight09/14/04
Good point! We need to keep our spirit watered because there will be times of draught.
Phyllis Inniss 09/16/04
This is a beautiful message. We must always water our spirit with the love of Jesus Christ. Blessings.