SOAKED

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” Psalm 63:1-3.

Looking out the window at the falling rain it was evident that the rain was coming faster than the earth could take it in. Large puddles were forming on the ground and in the road. As the rain continued to pour the earth was being SOAKED to overflow. The puddles were now becoming streams flowing like a river.

When I was a child I remember wanting to play in the rain. There was nothing better on a hot summer day then to feel the cool drops of rain drip on your hot sticky skin. I remember running barefoot through the puddles to see who could make the biggest splash. My mother would encourage us to stay inside so we wouldn’t get wet. In fact she would say, “Don’t go out in the rain, you will get SOAKED.” As an adult I had to question what she meant by that. Her reply was, “When you get SOAKED you are wet to the bone.”

As I reflect on these two snapshots it reminds me of our need to be SOAKED, spiritually. Over the many years of retreat ministry to children, students and adults, I have experienced what it means to be SOAKED in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

SOAKED in the presence of love.

SOAKED in the presence of forgiveness.

SOAKED in the presence of grace.

SOAKED in worship.

SOAKED in God’s Word.

SOAKED in prayer.

SOAKED in the presence of community.

SOAKED!

But what happens when the soaking stops. When the rains stop to fall it doesn’t take long for the puddles to dry up and the streams of water to eventually absorb into the ground. In little time the earth cracks from lack of water. Our spiritual lives are no different. When the soaking stops we become parched, thirsty, dry, and desperate for more. It doesn’t take long for the daily routine of life to squeeze us dry and leave us lethargic and weary. In order to stay SOAKED, wet to the bone, drenched through the very essence of our spirit, we must dedicate a little time in our daily lives to get SOAKED.

SOAKED in the presence of love.

SOAKED in the presence of forgiveness.

SOAKED in the presence of grace.

SOAKED in worship.

SOAKED in God’s Word.

SOAKED in prayer.

SOAKED in the presence of community.

SOAKED!

When we become SOAKED in God’s presence we can then become puddles of life that spill over into streams of living water.

So find time to dance in the rain. Live each day as a testimony to love. Extend forgiveness and grace as an overflow of God’s Holy Spirit alive and shaping your life. Welcome each day in worship. Grow in wisdom through God’s Holy Word. Silence your mind and body in the posture of prayer. Invest in community and encourage each other to get SOAKED in the very presence of the living and resurrected Christ.

Time to get SOAKED!

Blessings and Love,
Pastor Sherri

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