It rained all day last Sunday. It was a slow rain, the kind that just keeps going and going. It was what we call a “farmers rain.” The water keeps coming down at a good pace, not so fast that it runs off but rather it is able to soak in to the ground. And I have to say that we need the rain real bad in Central Texas. We have had a drought for a few years and the lake levels are down and the aquifers that feed our wells and water systems are running real low. When it has been dry for a long time, a hard, fast rain or two just won’t cut it. We need some long, slow rains that come frequently and last a while. With the society we live in we have become spoiled by convenience in almost all things. So many times we expect instant gratification in everything. When we are not doing so well, we want relief and answers right away. But many times the relief we need does not come so quick or so easy. The answers we seek are not automatic. In Psalm 119 David uses the word “meditate” to describe the way we should seek counsel and relief from the Lord. David says in Psalm 119:
Psalm 119:15 I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways.
Psalm 119:148 My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.
David understands that good things take time. You can’t bake a cake in 30 seconds, and you don’t read God’s word all at once and understand it all. It would be like dumping too much rain on a parched field…some would soak in but most of it would just run off. We need to spend time in His word, meditating on the precepts and promises. We must spend time in His Word and allow it to nourish and fill up the reservoirs of our soul. I find that He doesn’t give me all the answers or the relief too fast because when He does I stop searching, I quit seeking, and I quit letting His word soak in. Shame on me. When I let Him take His time, He always fills up the reservoir and the well never has run dry.
I hope that you have a chance to spend some time soaking in His word this week. I hope that you know how much the Lord loves you.