Saturday, August 11, 2012

Time to Pour Out

With all the rain we had last year, our well flooded. Repeatedly. But that's not a big deal because it tends to happen once or twice a year, so we just plan accordingly and draw enough water to last us a few days, bleach the well and move on, drinking the water we drew.

So one morning, as it grew darker instead of lighter, thanks to more rain moving in, I was reading in 1 Samuel and came to this:
The Samuel said, “Gather all Israel to Mizpah and I will pray to the Lord for you.” They gathered to Mizpah, and drew water and poured it out before the Lord, and fasted on that day and said there, “We have sinned against the Lord.” 1 Samuel 7:5-6

The phrase “drew water and poured it out before the Lord” caught my attention. Drawing water is something I've been doing it since my years in Ecuador where we were careful to keep water drawn because we never knew when they'd turn off the power and water, and it's something I'm still doing when I see storms rolling and water rising. But why did they pour it out before the Lord? I thought maybe it was part of a ceremony that I had missed in the times I've read through the Bible, but as I cross referenced it, look what I found...



Trust in Him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.

~Psalm 62:8
Arise, cry aloud in the night
at the beginning of the night watches;
pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord;
lift up your hands to Him...

~Lam. 2:19


Then I turned to my commentaries and the gist of it was that it was a sincere prayer, an unleashing of the innermost thoughts and emotions and sharing them with the Lord.

It made me stop and think about all that's going on in my life right now. Sometimes I feel like it's as crowded with jugs as my counter was. It made me realized I hadn't poured out much water before the Lord recently. I was carefully clutching it to myself, scared I'd drop something important.

Just like I drew the water to be poured out and drunk, I need to pour out my soul to God as Hannah had (1 Samuel 1:15) and as Israel did. And look at the results of their sincere repentance and prayer: The Philistines attacked!

I bet that is NOT the response they were looking for from God! I bet that I kinda understand their feelings to some small degree. In my mind, the enemy's attack shouldn't follow my repentance, yet so very often it does.

Thankfully, the account doesn't end there!
Now Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, and the Philistine drew near to battle against Israel. But the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day against the Philistines and confused them, so that they were routed before Israel. 1 Sam. 7:10

God fought their battle for them. And I have a feeling God's thunder is so much more than the thunder that's been rolling around here, and the rumbles in my life.

God's response and protection came after they had poured out all that water, all those innermost thoughts and emotions and sincere prayers, before the Lord.

I don't know about you, but I have some pouring out to do...

Finding the Extraordinary God in our Ordinary Lives

12 comments:

  1. Sooo good, Peejers. Definitely been hoarding myself as well! Going to pour out :D

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  2. Love this Peej. And you are SO right about the enemy attacks. And I'm not so good at letting God fight the battle. Thank you!

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    1. Yes--letting God fight for us can be so hard at times, but it's sooooo much better when we do! Why do we make things harder than they need to be?!?

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  3. I'm right there, Patty! Couldn't figure out why the writing hasn't flowed the last couple of days until God reminded me I hadn't taken time to pour out and fill up...you think I would've learned by now...

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    1. Isn't it amazing how pouring out and filling up are so connected? AND how often we forget they're related? sigh. Definitely one of those things that need to be learned and relearned often...at least for me.

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  4. Think we need to learn to "pour out" on a daily basis and the "filling up" will be daily as well. I can see many areas of my life where I need to learn to pour out more. Thanks for this thought provoking piece, Patty.

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    1. You are so right!
      Thanks for visiting!!
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