Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Prepare for the Rain

There were two farmers, neighbors, both praying for rain for their crops - for their livelihood. After praying, one farmer waited for the rain; the other farmer went to his field and started preparing for rain. Which one do you think had the greater faith?

So my question is how can we prepare for the rain? What does this mean, what actions do we take. Obviously for the farmers they went, they got there crops ready... so how can I prepare my crops and fields for the rain? What are my crops and fields?

Well I have been thinking and processing this a lot, and I am not sure I even really have answer. My fields are my life, and my crops are the lives around me that God has placed before me. My life needs rain! I feel dry and dead, my spirit weary and worn out, how then do I prepare for the rain? I can tell I need the sweet aroma of rain, the feel of it soaking into my dry and weary land, I can sense around me, when I look into the eyes of those who are close, they too need rain. The crops need rain.

The rain is the beautiful, amazing, fulfillment of Christ. His spirit soaks into our dry and weary souls, waters us, nourishes us and brings us back to life. And as we soak in his spirit as we are filled with his presences and as he ministers to our souls we then are able to poor into the crops around us, the friends who need us, the family members who are dry and worn out. We can allow Christ to water them through us.

So I prepare my fields first, I prepare my self, I fall before the throne of God with nothing left to give of my self, and I allow him to poor into me, I allow him to touch the deep part of my heart that has become so broken and cracked with the dryness that has overcome me in and allow him to pour his spirit upon it. Then and only then can I poor into the lives around me, then and only then, when it is none of me and all of Him can he use my soul, spirit and love for others. He will fulfill every depth of my spirit, and my being.

Psalm 72:6
He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.

Ezekiel 1:28
Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.