“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.” Psalm 22:14,15 ESV
Have you ever found yourself in circumstances that left you feeling as the author of these words felt? The vivid words leave me feeling melted, dryer than the Sahara and longing for water.
It has been six months since I last wrote a post for this blog. You may have wondered why nothing new had been written and posted on the Grace in Process blog. Well, I also wondered why nothing was being written for the blog. I felt dryer than the Sahara.
Recently, my wife declared she needed a trip to Yosemite. Her being craved the joy she experiences when in that valley of beauty, surrounded by the magic of the granite mountains. The many waterfalls feeding the Merced River provide a refreshing atmosphere that nourishes the soul and feeds the psyche. It is truly a magical place, one that has to be experienced to be truly appreciated.
Yosemite is especially amazing this year since it has an abundance of water. The waterfalls are roaring over the granite cliffs sending clouds of mist into the surrounding sky, providing the beauty for which the park is famous.
Yosemite Falls thunders down creating its own weather across the valley. The cool breeze flows over you as your senses try to capture the feeling of water hurtling down the face of its host mountain. Finding words to describe this scene feels impossible. In my opinion, words can never describe this amazing creation. After more than four years of drought, I was compelled to try to see the water flowing in this place once more.
Maybe my need was generated by feelings of the drought in my own life over the past years. Like David, I have felt the dryness of my life, my soul, my innermost being. As I wrote once before about the valley of dry bones, I doubted my ability to live again. Yet here I am once more in the grace process as my being is refreshed by the Living Water.
The trip to Yosemite reminded me of God’s promise to place springs of living water within us. In this way, we are refreshed and we refresh those around us. This process of transformation, renewal, and refreshing is grace in process.
“Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’” John 4:13,14 ESV
“Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38 ESV
No matter how severe our emotional, spiritual, or mental drought, the water can and will return. Jesus has promised us an unending spring of the living water we need. It’s just a process of drinking from the river that flows from Him! Admittedly, it is a process that is constantly being accomplished and regenerated in me. It is a process of grace for which I am deeply grateful.