From Dry to Drenched
The Dusty Thirties was nearly a decade of drought, poverty, migration, and desperation. What affected the Midwestern and Southern Plains in America affected the whole country. Dry, cracked, infertile land; parched. This is how it feels without the Lord. You're dry, you look for nourishment from anything other than God and you're still left unsatisfied. It's the driest land that will be the most refreshed once they feel that downpour from God.
Hebrews 6:7-8 says:
"For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned."
I see myself as this dry land, drinking up the rain from God. He sends things our way to nourish us, to prepare us, to help cultivate something inside of us for the sake of others. He sends things to quench us but also to cultivate things for the sake of others.
Others receive a blessing when we have allowed God to cultivate something inside of us to share. It could be that we had to overcome things with Him by our side, through Christ's power and strength instead of our own.
This time of rain is useful. Allow the dry places in your heart to drink His rain. Drink His rain often. Let it fall, let it stream down to every crevice.
Rain on us, Lord.