As I sit listening to the rain drops fall I think back over the
hot, dry summer we experienced and I am reminded of the story of Moses in
Exodus 17:1-17. This cool, wet weather refreshes our earth, as God
refreshes our spiritual selves.
Moses got water the hard way. First, he risked being stoned
by the impatient people he led. Second, he found himself driven to
seek divine intervention. Third, he had to search for a rock.
Finally, he had to strike the rock with a very special stick. Finding
water was an act of faith.
All most of us have to do to find water is turn on the faucet.
Most of us have never lived in an area where water, the basis of life, is
scarce, ,or a subject of daily concern.
Think of the day, perhaps a hot one from this summer, when you grew
very thirsty. Remember the very moment the first sip of cool water hit
your mouth. Recall the sense of relief, of refreshment. Can you
recall a spiritual experience that felt like a cool drink of water?
Perhaps it was an answered prayer, an insight into Scripture, a real sense
of God's presence. Give thanks for all the ways God quenches our