An Open Letter for the Thirsty

{Is your heart so thirsty?}


{For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail.Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will surely come, it will not delay. – Habakkuk 2:3}

These are not new thoughts. They’ve been in my heart for a long time, but I want you to hear them now.  All I can say is, if this post resonates with your heart, know that God cares for you.

I think we all have assumptions about the Lord and His work in our lives. They are conclusions to which we have come at some point, sometimes based on really excellent reasoning. That can make it all the more bewildering and bitter when our world shakes with a disaster that wasn’t supposed to happen.

We have to take our broken assumptions, our pain, and our faith (whatever proportions those are in) to God–all of them–to find any healing. We have to acknowledge our deep need for Him to reconcile them all, and our agonizing fear at the thought that maybe they won’t all fit together. But that’s where the faith part kicks in. After bringing it to the Father, we have to trust that He is working (Jesus said so!) and then let Him bring it about whenever He does–knowing that He will and that He is good.

Can you see God’s purpose in your pain right now? Maybe not. Maybe you hate that question, since it just pokes an inquisitive finger in your deepest wound.(You can’t see God’s hand, what does that mean about your relationship with Him? Why can’t you hear Him? Why is obeying Him so hard? Why didn’t He save you from this? What beauty or good could POSSIBLY come from this ugliness?)

And oh, this bitter bitter question–Why do you need God so much? Because, Dearheart, you do need Him. You know full well that you’re nothing without Him and that only He can help you. You hold no pretensions about being able to make it through normal life without Him, let alone disaster.

{Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that you are the Holy One of God.” – John 6: 68-69}

And He’s holding Himself away.

You can’t see Him. You can’t hear Him. You can’t sense His peace or His presence or His guidance. And you need Him.

{Blessed is the soul who hungers and thirsts for righteousness, for he shall be filled. –Jesus}

What can we do?

Friend, I don’t know what your prayer is. I don’t know what you’re begging God for. But I do know that God hears you and is working.

I am reminded of Jennifer Rothschild’s take on the parable of the generous landowner– “The laborers may not have understood the landowner’s motive, methods, or the meaning of His actions, but what matters most is that the master was faithful to His promise.” (Missing Pieces, p. 37)

Keep wanting, and keep waiting. He is on the move. You will not regret trusting Him, no matter how scary it is.

He is a faithful rewarder of those who seek Him.

{And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.-Hebrews 11: 16}

{Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right –2 Peter 4:18}

{Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten…You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied  and praise the name of the Lord your God who has deal wondrously with you . Then My people will never be put to shame. Thus you will know that I am in the midst of Israel and that I am the Lord your God, and there is no other; and My people will never be put to shame. – Joel 2: 25a, 26, 27}

waterfall{Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him , and He would have given you living water…Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again’ but whoever drinks of the water that I give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” – John 4:10, 13,14}

{Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
for in you my soul takes refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed. – Psalm 57:1}

{Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit. -Jeremiah 17:7-8}

{We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. – Psalm 30:23}

May the Streams of Living Water overflow your soul. ❤



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