Pastor Bob Alderman

First Baptist Church

      What a blessing to have rain!  I have really enjoyed the rain we had in Rio Grande City this weekend!

     Rain can bring such a great change to our lives, even in small amounts.  This rain brought a renewed life to our dry and parched land.

     The trees are a little fuller today and the grass is a little greener.  The crowd at Dairy Queen seemed a little happier today and more people in our community are smiling.  I really believe that even the dogs and cats in our neighborhood are in a better mood today because it rained.

     Yes, rain can make a huge difference in our lives; especially when it has been a very long time since we have experienced any of this life giving moisture.

     We experience drought in our personal lives much easier than we do in our environment.

    There are times when the flow of living water into our lives seems to slow to a mere trickle or stop altogether.  We become dry and the color of our life fades from vibrant to dull.  

     We face many issues in our life that seem to suck the life right out of us.  These experiences leave us feeling desolate and desiccated and feeling as brown as the dried out grass in our backyards.

     We are no strangers to events that bring much heat to bear upon us.  We get burnt by friends or loved ones, experience a person that makes our tempers boil and, ever so often, we feel like we’re toast.

     These events leave our hearts dryer than any desert and our souls drier than sun scorched stones.

     In nature, we trust God to bring the rain, maybe not when we want it, but we know that He will bring the rain in His time.

     But, how do we make it rain on our heart?  How does our very soul get moisture?  Is there any way to bring restoration and hope into a life that is dried out from years of persistent drought?

     We need water that penetrates deeper than mere H2O could ever go; moisture that penetrates not only our skin but also the hardness of our own hearts.

     We need spiritual water that can revive and rejuvenate our spirit and souls.

     We need spiritual water for our drought stricken life; we need living water.  We need Jesus.

     Hear His own words from the book of John Chapter 4 as He ministers to a woman who was no stranger to drought and damage in her life:  “Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?  Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:10-15   ESV

     Jesus encourages us to drink deeply of His Spirit and His love and we will find the Living Water that refreshes our lives forever. This Living Water removes our dryness, rejuvenates our life and becomes a spring flowing from us into the lives of those around us.

      Are you in a personal drought?  Drink in Jesus Christ and experience your life rejuvenating and making a huge difference in the world around you. 

     Remember that God loves you!  And so do I.