Thursday, August 18, 2011

Drops of Mercy



The local weather teams call it a “heat dome.” It has been placed squarely over the heads of Oklahomans and neighboring states for the past two months. We've experienced the hottest July in our state's history, and the record number of days over 100 degrees in one summer will soon be broken when we reach the 51st day. Farmers and ranchers are losing the battle against extreme drought conditions; firefighters race to catch flames chewing through dry, brittle fields of dead grass.

But we woke up last Thursday and Friday to the wonderful sounds of thunderstorms, complete with heavy, soaking rains and refreshing cool temperatures. Trees and shrubs reached toward the soothing drops of relief. Prayed-down showers brought renewal and comfort to the heartland.


How often do we wither under a dome of deprivation? Not a natural phenomenon over which we have no control, but a dry, barren place devoid of praise and worship. A place where our Bible sits idly by while we live like those caught in the drought of the century.


There’s an oasis waiting. It’s well-tended by the Holy Spirit. Rivers of living water search for souls, parched and in need of hope and peace. Like clouds on a rescue mission in a dry, blistering land, He waits to rain down on our weather-beaten lives. We only need to move from under the ceiling of doubt and sadness to dance beneath His falling drops of mercy. And listen to His whispers of love. When we choose to embrace our Heavenly Father and drink in all that He offers, the hovering layer of misery is lifted, and our spirit --- like the rain-soaked greenery --- is supple and prepared to receive more of His goodness.




“… I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
(Ephesians 3:14-19, NASB)

12 comments:

  1. Oh boy, I've been in a (self-inflicted) heat dome many times and it's awful. Thank you so much for this. It's exactly what I needed.

    Hugs!

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  2. Beautiful post, Nancy...so full of hope, and I am so glad the rains came!
    Be blessed as you bless others with your sweet spirit!
    Hugs!!

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  3. Paul's prayer from Ephesians is significant—something we should pray for others all the time. We often pray that those we love would escape the hard times when, perhaps, the best thing we can ask is for God to demonstrate His strength in their weakness in the midst of the difficult times and shower them with His love during the dry spells.

    Blessings.

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  4. A recent escapee from a my own heat dome, this post met me where I am today. You have a beautiful, poetic, soothing voice. What a wonderful way to wake up!

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  5. Thank you so much, ladies. What a blessing to wake up to such sweet encouragement, Sherry :) God Bless.

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  6. Oh, Nancy - what a wonderful and apt analogy. We need to let the rains come.

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  7. I really needed to read this today. Thank you for the wonderful words of wisdom and encouragement.

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  8. Thank you, Nancy for sharing these amazing words of wisdom! You've encouraged me in a huge way!

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  9. I really enjoyed your blog. Thanks for writing about the Drops of Mercy. Could I use part of it in our church newsletter? I am a church secretary in Prosser, WA. email: graceinfo@prossergrace.org.
    Thanks

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  10. I know we've visited through email, Gerry, but just wanted to thank you publicly for honoring me with your request. You've blessed my heart!

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