The Cooling Waters of Relief are Free
“Come, all you who are thirsty” Isaiah 55:1
It seems that sometimes our lives are so busy and so demanding that we just need some relief. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve felt led to write a new devotional. I haven’t been overwhelmed with demanding work; I just didn’t have a desire to share my plethora of emotions with anyone.
In May I turned 65. It wasn’t a terrible accident of life; if anything I can now sigh with relief knowing that the demands on my life are not as great as they once were. My family and extended family are well, my relationships with friends and acquaintances are encouraging and our home is peaceful and quiet. Keith and I are closer than we have ever been; we have started a daily exercise routine, riding new bikes, that is fulfilling and fun to do together.
I suppose I have been going through a period of spiritual trials this past couple of years. There have been multiple causes but basically I didn’t spend enough devoted time in God’s Word.
This morning, I read Psalm 139 during my Bible study time. And it truly refreshed me. It reminded me that God has always and will always know me (V1). When I struggle with anxiousness, God is always with me (V-7), and He “knows my anxious thoughts.” (V-23).
God has plans for me. When I am tired, He invites me to come freely to the pleasingly cool waters and refresh myself. “Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money come buy and eat…without cost.” (Isaiah 55:1)
This Kentucky summer has been sultry, stuffy and sizzling—too miserable to even sit outside in the evenings. But autumn is coming and the promise of cooler, more inviting weather is promised. I am returning to the Dominican Republic this November after a 2-year absence and am looking forward to leading many of the wives, daughters and sisters on our morning mission trips as we reach out to the precious Dominican people. Your prayers will be much appreciated for this trip.