John 4:10 – Jesus answered and said unto her, "If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, 'Give me to drink'; thou wouldst have asked of him, and he wouldst have given thee living water." (KJV)
There's perhaps nothing quite so refreshing as a walk after the rain has washed the landscape clean and new.
Dust is cleared from leaves and flowers and the remnants of the rain hang like dew. It glistens on cobwebs intricately woven between branches, looking like lace, making it more than what it was. It is life-giving water. What looked like a dried-up little piece of stick on the dry day before becomes a lively plump dew worm — full of life, wriggling along, stretched to many times its previous size.
Are we not somewhat like the little dew worm? When we wander away from including God in our daily routine, when we allow negative dispositions of others to impact our outlook, when we feel "put upon", overworked, overlooked, under-appreciated, when we let the opinions of others influence our thoughts, when we let anger, bitterness and regret take control of our lives, are we not like the little dew worm in its dried up state?
But once we let the love of God flow through our thoughts, influence our sense of fairness and understanding, melt our anger and bitterness and let go of our regrets, we are refreshed, filled and full of life like the dew worm revived from the rain.
Prayer: Grant us the courage, Lord, to look to you in times of trouble, unrest, and self-doubt. Lead us to live our lives from a place of love rather than fear; to meet our challenges with grace rather than discord; knowing that it is through living our lives in the Spirit that we are renewed, fulfilled and able to reach our full potential. In your name we pray. Amen.