We are going through a drought period here in Minnesota this summer. The forecast for the next 10 days also tells us no rain.
We have a well, but even wells are running dry so we are limiting our watering time for our yard and gardens, yet, I know I can’t neglect my tomatoes and cucumbers. They will get all the water they need.
Sometimes our lives are just like the drought. Things just don’t seem to go our way and resources are scarce. The calls don’t come in, ideas are hard to find, friends and family are busy with their own agendas and problems. You may not even see light at the end of the tunnel like you used to. You used to be optimistic but something has happened and the world around you seems to be crashing down. Where is the hope? In God I do trust.
“Help me Lord to know what it is that you have for me to do. Open my eyes and my heart to what is important, for your glory. Amen.”
You pray, you cling to God’s word and what you have put to memory but still, you want to see some tangible reward for your efforts. How long will this drought go on? Have I fallen from God’s graces? Has our nation?
When I am feeling like no matter what I do there is nothing I can see that is changing the tide, I don’t give up. I press on. I think of all the inventors and musicians and artists, scientists, evangelists and parents and teachers that have been through so many years of difficulty before they see their labor rewarded. “Will anything I do make a difference in this generation?” They say to themselves.
Have I been ignoring the thing that God is calling me to do because of distractions or doubt? Am I taking on things that keep me from what it is that will really turn the tide? Satan will always put things in our way to keep us from furthering the Kingdom of God. The devil is a deceiver and will make us see all the shining objects before we reach the Rock on which we can stand.
If you are really down and waiting for the rain, I made a list of things that may keep you from that death spiral:
- Wash a window or clean up the dishes – cleaning something has great reward believe it or not. You will see the difference right away from the effort you made.
- Read something about a topic you are interested in. Even if you just read a paragraph, you will have learned something new and it may peak your interest enough to read further. Knowledge is power.
- Take a walk- Get outside – fresh air, the sound of birds, watching a neighbor take a dog for a walk, enjoying the scenery, the clouds or the sunshine renews your spirit inside.
- Think of someone else – write, call, text, email just to let one person know that you are thinking of them. You will have encouraged them and may even get a response.
- Set one goal – be it big or small, it will be some reason to get up in the morning. Stay focused and follow through. We can make promises to ourselves and others all day long but only when we have reached the end, we feel good about our accomplishment and the next time can go further. Always be growing, always be contributing to your life and your future. Only in this way will you benefit others.
- Look in the mirror and smile at yourself. You are beautifully and wonderfully made in the eyes of your Creator. God formed you and knows your innermost thoughts. He loves you dearly, even when you mess up.
- Pray – This is just conversation with God. He is listening if you are sincere. Whether you know him or not, He will make himself known to you, if you ask Him to.
The rains will come. Look up, your redemption is near!
“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”. (2 Corinthians 6:2)