While in God's Grip!
You care for the land and water it; You enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so You have ordained it.
You drench its furrows and level its ridges; You soften it with showers and bless its crops.
You crown the year with Your bounty, and Your carts overflow with abundance.
The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing."
I think the land is singing when I look out on mornings like today.
~ Psalm 65 (Reflection G. Todd Williams)
It rained yesterday. I think most of us were waiting for the heavens to open to bring the rain to wash over us. As it poured, lightening raced across the sky, and thunder shook us.
The rain is God's way of caring for our land, and is a welcomed change after weeks of surprisingly dry heat. I noticed that parts of our yard had begun to crack, and grass struggled to remain green.
I wish there was a way to notice when others were spiritually dry. And if so, a way that we might help without sounding like a streetside religious orator.
When I was attending Indiana University, there was a man that would often stand near Dunn Meadow, often condemning, rather than nurturing, those that passed by.
It turned into shouting matches at times, with anything but the love of God being realized.
Like the land, we all find times when we need cared for. The problem is knowing when, and then allowing it to happen.
The dry land cracks and opens up to capture moisture. On the other hand, those who are spiritually dry, often walk away.
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me," can also be read, "Surely goodness and mercy will pursue after me." The word for follow after and pursue after is the same word.
Realizing this, when I discover that I seem to be feeling a little spiritually dehydrated, I just remember that even God cares enough for the field, and God feels the same, if not more, about each of us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.