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June 7, 2015

At home, we have bottles in the toilet tanks, flow restrictors on the shower, and dying plants in the yard.  I really miss my long showers.
When man lives in close obedient fellowship with God, He blesses us with rain, to give grain and grass, feed for people and cattle, which demonstrates God's pleasure with His people (Deuteronomy 11:14,15).  When rain is withheld, it is a sign of God's power.  He is reminding us that He is the creator and sustainer of life, that we owe all our sustenance to Him.  God's word tells us that drought is often a time of God's judgment and a call to repentance - turning back to Him (Deuteronomy 11:16,17).
Is God judging California for her sins?  Certainly there are a great number of sins to be considered.  But, Divine wrath and judgment?  I have no idea.  However, is God calling us to repentance and greater trust in Him?  Certainly, this is always true.  In my mind, the drought is a further reminder of my need to turn to God in faithful trust and commitment.
Beyond the dryness of this coming summer, there is a drought which is more personal.  This dryness is the drought of the soul.  There are times when I feel barren, empty, deserted.  Within, there is no life, no energy to carry me through the day.  This is a drought of depression, listlessness, and loneliness.
Jesus said, "He who believes in Me shall never thirst" and, "from his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water" (John 6:35; 7:38).  In a desert these words of Jesus may seem more like a mirage than an oasis.  But, they are true.  They are a legitimate offer which He alone can fulfill.  When we experience a drought in our soul it is time to be reminded of our dependence on God and to turn to Him for what only He can provide.