The sun peeked over the horizon and a bird sang outside the window welcoming the dawn. I nestled in the chair for much-needed time with God. My soul was tired and parched, and I was desperate to hear from God. God’s word beckoned, “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you (Isaiah 60:1 NASB).
I needed God’s light, I needed His glory to shine on my weary soul. I had stepped off social media, stepped away to sort through how I was supposed to find a balance in writing, interacting with people online and in my personal life. Like Jeremiah, God’s word burns in my bones and I must share, but I couldn’t find the balance.
I want to be like Paul, like others who have gone before running their race, carrying the torch of Christ in the relay of the Christian life. I want to be like the athlete who left all on the playing field, tired because they’ve given their all, but with a good, happy-tired, as they played their hardest and their best.
As I sequestered myself, I expected a monk-like pursuit of God, long and tedious while God wrestled out anything that kept me hindered and upset. However, God pleasantly surprised me.
As I sat, allowing my soul to still in God’s presence, His truths came rushing and gushing into my parched soul.
God’s truth reminded me that God’s well doesn’t run dry. The well of Christ NEVER runs dry.
Jesus is the Living Water always living and bringing soul-hydration. Time is limited, I don’t need to limit myself, or my time, by thinking I don’t have what I need. I need to stop thinking, worrying, leaning on my own understanding, instead I must keep my focus on Jesus, in all my ways acknowledge Him and He will direct my steps. By reading and then meditating on God’s word, I can be like a long-distance runner wearing a water bottle on their back, continuing to run while drawing deep from The Living Water.
Yes, there are times to retreat from the world. Jesus often went to be alone with His Father, yet He stayed the course, kept His eye on the prize, and finished the Father’s will. As ambassadors for Christ, we are chosen before the foundation of the world to proclaim His excellencies, bringing glory to God. By staying in God’s word, The Word, our souls will never run dry. We can continue sharing, living, rejoicing in the constant hydration of the living water.
We are more than conquerors in Christ. Therefore, we can live in the vibrancy of our living Christ. God supplies and equips. In Christ, no necessary need will go unmet.
Join me and let’s live deep in the deep things of God. Keep reading God’s word and The Living Water will keep you filled. Keep going. Run with endurance, keep your eyes on the prize and continue sharing about our wonderful God. Sing, speak, write, and proclaim the glories of our glorious Savior.
Enjoy the journey God has given. Sing His praises, shout for joy, keep running fully immersed in the living water and you will never run dry.
“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.” ~ Psalm 19:7-10 (NIV)
“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” ~ Psalm 1:1-3 (NLT)
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