Overflowed and Stirred Up

Written by Julie Cosgrove

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“I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.” (Isaiah 41:18)

I visited my family home in the Texas Hill Country over the weekend. I had a book signing in town for my novel, which is based there. My family’s property overlooks a spring-fed river. Usually the river is deep green with glistening ripples. But there had been a deluge of rain in this drought stricken area, so much rain in so short an amount of time that it had caused the river to rise. As I drove the winding road that followed its banks, I saw it was brown, not green. That much water stirred the silt at the bottom. In a few days it will all settle back down the river will become green and inviting again.

Have you ever been in a spiritual drought and then suddenly God’s blessings pour down on you? It can be overwhelming. Two things happen. First, like the river, you cannot contain them. The blessings overflow into your attitudes, and others around you. When the river rises, it takes that rich silt which has been sitting on the bottom and blankets the shore with it, giving the grass well-needed nutrients. Just like the grass is filled with the silt and nutrients so can your life’s blessings overflow and feed other’s faith.

Secondly, some things in your life may be stirred up a bit. Feelings of humbleness and unworthiness can arise. God may be showing you how much you can handle, or teaching you a lesson. He may also be cleansing you of the doubting thoughts, which prevailed during your spiritual drought. Plus, with the blessings usually comes change- something us humans are never good at accepting. That can muddy your life a bit.

But here is the thing. Like the Texas Hill Country spring-fed rivers, the Holy Spirit has been quietly feeding you all along under the surface- whether it is in drought, or in flood, winter or summer. Jesus promised a Comforter to be with us constantly until He returns at the end of the ages. Deep down, His Spirit is always there, softy flowing.

 Dearest Lord, thank you that You are present in every season of our lives and that Your Holy Spirit is deep within us. Thank you for the times of drought when we again look to You, and for the overflowing of your blessings to stir us up. When life again settles, let us remember those deep bubbling springs of life you constantly give us through Your loving grace. Amen.

Questions: Are you in a drought, or overflowing with blessings right now?  How has that affected the flow of your faith?

5 Responses to “Overflowed and Stirred Up”

  • Kate says:

    Great reflection Julie. It makes me smile. Sometimes we really think life ought to be comfortable, easy, neat and smooth, but God’s thoughts and plans are higher than ours. Through both drought and flood, He is always wooing us to Himself, showing us how great He is and how our joy can be complete in relationship with Him, regardless of the circumstances, even when – especially when – things are not going as we think they ought!

  • Enjoyed your devotional about the river in Texas. Great application.
    Thanks

  • DiAne Gates says:

    Julie, oh my what a wonderful word picture of the times of our lives. Yes, been in times of drought. But God is faithful and is careful to lead us into those green pastures of His rest and feeding too. I am reminded that today is not forever. And I must be careful and attentive to learn today’s lesson, to be content, wherever He has placed me. In the flood or in the drought.

    DiAne Gates

  • DiAne Gates says:

    Julie, oh my what a wonderful word picture of the times of our lives. Yes, been in times of drought. But God is faithful and is careful to lead us into those green pastures of His rest and feeding too. I am reminded that today is not forever. And I must be careful and attentive to learn the today’s lesson, to be content, wherever He has placed me. In the flood or in the drought.

    DiAne Gates

  • Andrea says:

    I have been in a very long drought however I see the hand of God throughout this time in my life. At first I was bitter and fustrated but I have been reminded that He did not bring me this far to leave. So I am holding tightly and the Holy Spirt continues to strengthen and keep me. Praise God!”!

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