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Rocks split open

“He split the rocks in the desert and gave them water as abundant as the seas; he brought streams out of a rocky craig and made water flow down like rivers.” Psalm 78:14-16

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When God’s people were living in the desert and needed water, He split the rocks open. He provided water as abundant as the seas and streams flowed like rivers down the rocky craig.

When it looks like you’re surrounded with nothing but rock, turn to him. He supplies living water from the most unlikely places.

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Lord, split hard rocks open

where only you can go.

Break through barriers,

release silver streams,

let thirst-quenching waters flow.

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Lord, split hard hearts open,

the inside—only you can know.

Cut through chains,

release the prisoner,

let your spirit then freely flow.

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“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

 

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A blank canvas

“…I will turn the desert into pools of water…I will put in the desert…the myrtle and the olive…so that people may see and know…that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.” Isaiah 41:18-20

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If you find yourself in a dry place, take heart. A desert is a perfect venue for God to work. Though you may be exhausted, the Lord is a source of strength. Though thirsty, He is living water. The end of ourselves can be the beginning of His chance to plant something new and growing. Let go of what brought you to the desert and allow him to paint a new picture.

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Dry times unrolled

are a canvas blank,

pleading—

God’s hand to show.

A desert place

is wide open space,

begging—

 saplings to grow.

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“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19


Writing the stumps

Psalm 15:2 “…who speaks the truth from his heart.”*

My husband spent most of his growing up years on a man-made lake. Basically, a flooded river. Every autumn the water level is lowered by opening the dam downstream. The emptied lake leaves a lonely river and a desert-like lake bottom. What only months before was covered with tons of water is laid bare.

For about 45 years this water coming and water going has been the pattern.

45 years of flooding has not been enough to erode stumps that were left when trees were cut down to make the lake. They refuse to rot away. Stubbornly, they stay—bringing their own art form to the winter landscape. Bare beauty.

Like those stumps, there are parts of life that refuse to budge. The things that tell our story. The things that make us unique. When the tides wash away…what’s left? What makes me different from anyone else? What are the things I have to write about that no one else can touch?

In writing, I hope to reveal God’s stroke of art in my life. The raw essence of life waits…just below the surface.

*The One Year Bible, January 17, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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A far stretching land

Isaiah 33:16-17 “This is the man who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress, his bread will be supplied, and water will not fail him. Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches far.” (NIV)*

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NYC from the Empire State Building (photo by Patty Perkins)

According to the previous verse Isaiah 33:15, those getting the blessings of verses 16-17 are those who live righteously.

But how can I be righteous and know these blessings of unending bread and water, spiritually speaking? How could I possibly see the king and his far stretching land? This nature seems destined to unrighteousness. And, the Word tells us there is no one righteous.

Ahhh…but there’s the saving grace ticket. Jesus came to be righteousness for us. What I can not be, he is. That’s what Jesus is all about. So…I cling to him. He is my righteousness. And so then:

Glimpses of the king I see

upon his glorious throne

and the land that stretches far ahead

is the land that bids me home. 

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, September 20, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Like lemonade

Psalm 119:74 “May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.” (NIV)*

Lemonade.

Lemonade. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) a pitcher of lemonade

may i be a pitcher

of lemonade

a long cool drink

for sunny hot days.

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just enough sugar

the sour to sweeten.

just enough water

to dilute but not weaken.

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contained in a pitcher

easy to grasp

words of hope poured

to those who ask.

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by patty perkins

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It took years before I could drink powdered lemonade. My mother used to squeeze juice from real lemons. Sugar and water were added, with yellow round slices gracing the top of the pitcher. Aaahh…that’s what lemonade is supposed to look and taste like!

Good lemonade requires a lot of sugar (it bears repeating, a lot of sugar…) and just the right amount of water. Floating peels give authenticity.

So too…may my words be a refreshment to others. The whole lemon truth would be too sour and turn people away. Sugar and water have to be added. Being real could be the lemon peels I allow others to see. And, lemonade needs to be in an easy-to-pour pitcher, or the preparation is in vain!

May my words be shared in a way that encourages others. Like lemonade.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Water from a rock

Psalm 105:41 “He opened the rock, and water gushed out; like a river it flowed in the desert.” (NIV)*

Indiana's Cool Creek (photo by Patty Perkins)

Indiana’s Cool Creek (photo by Patty Perkins)

I’d like to step over those rocks and move on to green pastures. Or, couldn’t he simply make the landscape rock free?

The rock that doesn’t budge is exactly where he wants to work. There’s life-giving water waiting for the redeemer’s tap.

Water gushes like a river when he taps rocks in desert places. He provides water not only for ourselves, but for other thirsty souls along the way.

Stuck in a desert dry, sun-scorched place? Surrounded by rocks and unable to move on to green pastures?

Let the rocks be tapped. Ask God to bring change into difficult situations. Good from bad. Life from death. Water from a rock. Step over the rock and you’ll miss blessings hidden under that rock solid surface.

And may that desert place be transformed into a lush, green, fertile valley of life-giving water.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Spilling You

John 4:14 “But 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.” (NIV)*

Fresh Spring Water

Fresh Spring Water (Photo credit: cindy47452)

Streaming peace

Gushing grace

Living water,

Faithful and true.

Birthed in love

Growing in joy

Rippling hope,

Patience when due.

Sharing kindness

Giving good

Flowing gently,

Self-controlled too.

Spring of water welling,

Forever spilling you.

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by Patty Perkins

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He is the spring of living water. For the poem, I used the fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23) as springing forth, or, welling up to eternal life. Once we drink of him, life has meaning. He becomes a spring of encouragement…forever connecting us with him and refreshing others.

(John 4:14 is from the May 5th reading of The One Year Bible.)

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.