Ray McDonald's Blog

Thoughts and Reflections

Giving Our Faith Rain

Isaiah 40:6

A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.”

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amIt seems like – it doesn’t matter what I do – if I don’t get enough rain – I will lose my front yard. Last summer I lost my front yard.  A combination of lack of water – excess sunshine and a weak root system does it every time. I treated the ground – aerated – seeded with good seed – fertilized with starter fertilizer and winter fertilizer later in the season and most springs I fertilized it again. It often comes up strong and full – but I fully realize that if I can’t figure out a way to water it through the summer heat – it will be gone again. I got an estimate for a sprinkler system – and that is more than I want to pay. I could install a system myself or figure out a way to use my hose and sprinkler more often. I must figure out how to sprinkle through the summer without burning the ground with the hose full of water in the middle of the day.

Even with all of that work each fall – at the start of March – maybe the end of February – my yard looks like most yards – dormant (to a degree). With the wet spring we had this year – my yard greened up and looked great. I hoped it would have time to deepen the roots before the heat arrived. Who would have guessed we would be so dry from July through early October. I cut my grass at the highest setting my lawn tractor with a mulching kit will allow. I cut it twice a week during the peak growing season so I don’t leave behind piles or clumps of dead grass. I would love to have a green lawn throughout the year! I guess everyone would.

Then I read today’s passage – Isaiah 40:6 – A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.”

I have struggled with my yard year after year ever since we built our home 23 or so years ago. It often comes in strong and by mid-summer – it is just about gone in the front – this year is is completely gone. It flourishes and fades – it comes on like it will last and then dies. I wonder if this is how we are in our faith? We come on strong and fade? We return from a youth conference – a Promise Keepers event – Catalyst – a Women of Faith event on fire and then we just fade. We stand strong for a season only to die in the heat of battle? Is our faith like the grass and the flowers that come and go? Is our faith like this?

Maybe this passage is a statement about how short life is – on earth. We are here for such a short time – and if our focus is not on an eternity with God – have we not wasted our time here? I want the years I have left to be meaningful for eternity – not just for my enjoyment – although I would love some of that too. I pray our church is doing more than merely counting time. I hope we are focused on reaching everyone for Christ! Without Christ – like the grass and the flowers – when the time comes – we will wither and die – eternally – burnt in the fires of hell!

How about listing some ways to give our faith the gentle rains of the Holy Spirit? How’s our prayer life? How’s our daily walk? How are we protecting our spirit from the evil bombardment of the devil and the world around us? What are we doing to build up our spirit? How’s our devotional life? Are we in a Bible study with other Christians? Do we attend worship on a regular basis? Do we even have dialogue with others about our faith?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

October 11, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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