24-25 You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.
26-27 I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No lazy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.
The dry seasons and the droughts can come out of no where and they can be very unwelcome. I admit the last few months I went through a period of drought spiritually. It was no fun at all.
This summer in my region we had a drought and not to mention the heavy smoke that blew in from fires from the north of me. It was so hot all the time to the point where you didn’t want to be out doors. The grass and plants became brown and shriveled. We had water restrictions and a burn ban so no sprinklers and no bonfires. What a dull boring summer to the many who enjoy those activities.
I am a nature lover and as the drought played out I often would wonder what effects it was having on the trees and plants and wildlife in the area.
“All those poor plants and trees need water they must be really stressed!!!”
“The poor animals they don’t have hardly any water, they have to be so thirsty!!!”
Then the reasoning side of my brain says, ‘Don’t you remember all the nature shows, discovery channel and National Geographic shows you’ve watched! Don’t you remember articles you’ve read about the resiliency of nature! Your practically an expert!’ Oh yeah that’s right I am!!! *wink
So I stop and think for moment and remember nature knows what to do! Trees have it ingrained in them to not only handle drought seasons but seasons of too much rain as well. The animals have great instinct of how to handle finding food and water in the toughest of conditions. I have also read that there are plants that thrive under drought conditions and there are seeds in nature that will only sprout after a drought or even a wild fire! They come back stronger than ever.
God had this all worked out from the the very beginning. He created us to be similar to this well thought out plan.
When the dry season took over my life I went into instinctual survival mode just like plants would do. I retreated to my safe hiding place in the Lord. I stored up what I had already from the word and grabbed up all I could. Praise God that I go to a church that has alot of bible studies, so I get fed the word alot and I soaked it up.
The instant more favorable conditons arrive like rain even the smallest amount will bring nature back to life. That is what I needed. I needed to come back to life and what I needed was something so simple but so vital to us as Christians as water and sun are vital to plants. It was remembering God’s love for me! I probably went through something I don’t remember what but it made me forget. Then satan can twist things and lie to me so I begin to think I couldnt be loved and that I was unworthy of it. Praise God though my church gave homework just at the right time! We had to start saying ‘My heavenly Father loves me’ everyday as many times as we remembered to say it.
I tell you I started saying that many times through out my day and it was like the heavens opened up and began pouring down life giving rain. It revives me again. The lies became weak and my spirit and the truth of who I am began to strengthen.
It’s amazing to me that God created plants to bloom only after they go through tough conditions like a fire or drought. As Christians our key to survive is to turn and hide ourselves in the Father that should be instinct to us. Just like the plants store up the things they need. We also absorb and keep stored up all that we can from Gods word and in our devotion times so when the drought times come we are kept safe. Then at the right time we burtst out, set root and grow.
So now those bible verses above are my assignment from God. I will run my course I will keep training and growing. I will keep seeking God and I will make it my aim to serve God and know Him through out my time here on earth.