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Rain cascades from the grey mists above to saturate vegetation and the aquifers beneath it. Drops tinkle against windows and tin to craft a natural melody for the tree frog’s song. The first day of rain sets the outdoor world in gem-like sheen.

We dust-beings observe from shelter. New scenery delights the eye–until the novelty tarnishes. A month’s thirst fades from our mind after one wet day too many. Well before a storm threatens to flood our property, we bewail the missing sun. Our complaints against its harsh rays slip out from memory as we begrudge the clouds’ unwelcome shade. We plead for showers, then wish them to end. How our fickle hearts betray us! 

Discontent plagues the human race, for we do not align our hearts with the Wellspring of Joy. Happiness eludes those who stare from cave-like holes at the circumstances, impaling their hope on “whether” forecasts.

Joy assures us of life breathed into our dry carcasses, regardless of heat or storms. Christ calms the storms within so we can dance with Him in rain or shine without melting.

I praise You, Lord, Maker of all things from grey to gold. You hold my hand and quiet my thundering heart. In You, my Savior, I can rest with content. You are all I need, and my true thirst is quenched by Your Spirit’s spring of life within me. Thank You, Lord Jesus. May all Your works drum and shine together as a melody of praise to which Your children sing. Amen.


“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (Psalm 73:25).
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm” (Mark 4:39).

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:38).


Rain nourishes the growth of bountiful leaves across the earth. Each world culture harvests, dehydrates, and threshes its own into an assortment of teas. A vast selection of aromas and flavors surround us, each providing a unique and valuable contribution. A cup of tea offers delight to be savored often as a part of life’s abundant joys.

Satisfaction beyond a sniff requires infusing dried teas with water and energy. Waterless tea remains impotent to soothe the senses or offer medicinal value. Tea’s value and effectiveness depends upon pure water.

When thirsty, we often reach for tasty options such as iced or brewed tea. Soon after imbibing these, we thirst again. If we drink water less often than other refreshments, our bodies suffer the effects of dehydration. Though teas and other liquids offer some benefits when blended with it, pure water remains the sole resource to hydrate our bodies toward optimal health.

Our souls thirst for love, healing, and identity. We often seek others grown upon the earth to ease our yearnings. When infused with the power and nature of the Spirit, people can provide delightful and refreshing benefits to our lives. Human comfort cannot replace Christ. Without the Lord’s refreshing presence, our souls lack vital hydration and thirst escalates.

“If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water…whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  John 4:10,14


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