Need Water!

Things have been getting terribly dry around here, the grass getting browner and browner, crunching under foot. Goldenrod and asters are just about to come into full bloom with not enough moisture in the soil to supply the nectar that the honeybees need so badly. We’ve been watering some younger, less established trees in the orchard, but of course there is no way to water everything that needs it. Further east, some counties of West Virginia are in such a severe drought that an official state of emergency is eminent.

In Matthew 5:45 Jesus plainly says that it is our Heavenly Father who sends the rain. We truly are dependant on Him, and rain can be withheld as a judgment (James 5:17-18).

On Tuesday I began to realize how bad things were actually getting. I had checked the weather forecast and it had given no practical hope for rain in the next ten days. I was outside looking at wilted plants and realizing how all I could do was pray. Knowing that we entirely do not deserve any rain, I appealed to the Lord’s mercy and asked for rain. That night I woke up to the sound of a steady and heavy shower! It left puddles that remained on the concrete until the next day and I could tell it had streamed into the walkway. The fact that it came at night helped prevent it from evaporating back into the air. Although it did not solve our drought problem, we are grateful for the Lord’s mercy, as well as for the thick nightly dew, reminding us of his great faithfulness. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed.

There are things we need even more than we need rain. There is a spiritual drought that comes as a consequence of trusting men rather than trusting God (Jeremiah 17:5-13). Have we not, as a nation, looked to men who promise to make things better for us – and forgotten the Lord? Pray that hearts will be turned to trust in the living God.

“O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake Thee shall be ashamed… because they have forsaken the Lord, the Fountain of living waters.”


  1. Hannah Burnett September 11, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Crunchy, brown grass sounds familiar! We are praising the Lord for a much needed rain shower that we got a couple days ago too!

  2. Ginger Dawn Harman September 11, 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    Great message! I just awoke to the sound of thunder and the Lord is providing us rain in Inwood,WV. Good things come from above!

  3. Crystal September 13, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    Good parallel between a spiritual drought & physical one. It’s so odd that the world gets all “fired up” about global warming. They would rather blame that than acknowledge that God is indeed in control of the weather.

  4. Donald September 13, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    That is right Crystal. And maybe the clouds let loose with more rain in eastern WV (Inwood) but unfortunately, the rain that reached us last weekend turned out to be barely a sprinkle–though we heard of rain in Chicago (which normally precedes us in the weather cycle). One blessing we have found is that at least there is less weed-whacking and mowing to do.

  5. Amanda September 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    Praise the Lord for the physical rain that He sent! And may we always be praying for an outpouring of true spiritual revival upon our nation – how we need it!!!!

  6. Michael September 15, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    That’s right. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD…” Amos 8:11 As Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Yet “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Mt. 5:6 and 7:14


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