“Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time.” James 5:7-8 MSG
Soil, parched and cracked, cries for rain during a season of drought. Trees, withered and frail whisper to the clouds in their time of desperation. This land hasn’t seen a drop of rain in far too long. They’ve been waiting on a promise, yet they have forgotten to call upon the Promiser. Their attention has been focused on what the rain will bring, rather than acknowledging the lesson within the process.
In the same way, we wrestle with God in seasons of dry, desolate hopelessness. Begging for Him to rain favor and mercy upon our circumstantial soil. We tell ourselves we are forgotten, left to find water on our own but it’s merely impossible when we’re surrounded by barrenness.
Your dry land might be found in your marriage, health, or even in your walk with God. Maybe it’s that unfulfilling job you’ve been waiting to quit that has left your body drained and your soul empty. That ground has been cracked for awhile now. Whatever area in your life you feel incomplete or less than, God is doing the slow but sure work to water your soil.
Stay steady and strong.
In the midst of a drought, patience is not our first response. Our perspective can easily be all we see and from our point of view, things look messy and unpromising. Naturally, we want to speed things up to meet our expectations and our timelines but that’s not how it works. Growth takes time and maturing only comes by following God’s path to the promise.
“What a gift life is to those who stay the course!” James 5:11 MSG
If we are to wait for rain, we must accept the drought. There is a purpose for everything under the sun, even if it scorches us and sucks up every bit of moisture we have left. Daughters, God’s intentions are beautifully perfect in every single way. He will never leave you high and dry, so toss aside every lie that tries to convince you otherwise.
Your rain shower is coming and when it does it will come like a flood. The ground once fractured beneath you will taste the sweet redemption rain of God’s unending love. You’ll come to discover the dry land God was leading you through was His way of emptying your cup just enough to accept the overflow He promised. Look up, those clouds above you are turning gray.
“The showers came and everything started growing again.” James 5:18 MSG
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