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The Drought Is Over

By Pete Macinta

Maryland's Eastern Shore had many days of rain in early May 2009. Dorcas checked her garden and said it was under water. Indeed it was.

Dorcas said she had heard on the news that the drought the Shore had faced was now over. One would certainly hope so after all of the rain.

The ground in our area was very saturated and even after the rains if one would walk by a storm drain they could hear the water running into them. Vegetation is taking heart, sprouting and blooming almost everywhere one looks. Our rosebush is sporting a few large roses.

In this country most people take clean water for granted. That's not the case in the Middle East, portions of Africa, and other parts of the world of course. Nonetheless, most people realize clean, drinkable water is a priority. Most of us can survive for weeks without food, but only for days without water. It is essential for life.

Even more important, since it carries an eternal value, is our need for the very spirit of God. Sure, He is everywhere, but just like some would need to go to a river for water, we all need to fully commit to, and trust in, Him through Christ.

All of us need to recognize that need, as Jesus said to the Samaritan woman (John 4:14), "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

Sometimes folks have difficulty recognizing that need, and to meet that need, they might fill their lives with sinful activities. Then, there are times non-sinful activities like employment take priority. That is easy to do since we physically need food, shelter, clothing and other things.

But the real priority is God. We need God first and foremost. That is even the primary need of true Christians--God, and more of Him.

In John 4, Jesus tells that woman that God is a spirit and one must worship Him in spirit and in truth. As I have pointed out before, the Scriptures show we are body, soul, and spirit. The common denominator between us and God is "spirit."

I encourage you to end any spiritual drought you might have and enjoy the fulness of Jesus Christ in faith.

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