We’re all a little thirsty these days.
Time with loved ones.
A strong marriage.
For our kids to thrive in their education.
Protection over health.
There are many dry spaces in our lives that might be getting sun, but not enough water.
In Micah 5:7, we see that dew and rain were given by God as a source of water for crops, and that the remnant of Jacob would be like life-giving water to the nations. Am I life-giving to the nations in my life?
There’s always someone within reach in need of refreshment. It could be the elderly woman down the street who lives alone, the Amazon driver working overtime, or that mom who hurries off after school drop off instead of joining in the curbside group talk.
This morning my teenage daughter was that someone. I encouraged her to step outside so I could show her the dew of the day before she hopped online to take a math test she was dreading before the rest of the day began with online coursework. I wanted to give her a visual reminder that God would provide for her just as He provides for the birds and the plants. I wanted her to see the moisture and the patterns in which water collected on the blades of grass and rose petals. I didn’t take a personal inventory of the neighborhood, but I am pretty sure that not one plant or leaf was dry. I wanted her to notice the shimmer of morning dew that glistened on the surface of the front lawns. Each yard shined.
Standing together, I prayed aloud that she would have strong recall, clarity of thought and peace while taking her test. Prayer doesn’t mean that the end results of what we are asking for will be what we desire, but it does mean that God will be our sustenance, and release from above what we need to live down below.
We can fill up daily on God’s word for His sustaining hope in our hard things or not. The choice in which source we head to is ours, if we choose to go to one at all. For me, true provision doesn’t come from sipping that much needed, hot morning coffee or doing the necessary early workout (though they for sure have fixed positions in my day!) Like the clear droplets that collect on leaves, God’s word is available to quench those parched places where our own watering cans fall short of filling.
So be the dew, mom. Tomorrow morning look outside and take in the tiny droplets that not only can refresh your soul, but that of another in need.
“The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for anyone or depend on man.” (Micah 5:7)
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)