Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.07.10
July 10 – July 16
Scripture Passage: “For in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.”      Isaiah 35:6
Dear Friends,
     One of my favorite devotional books is called, “Streams in the Desert.” It is an excellent resource for spiritual dry times. There are people who seem to be happy all the time, while others are sad all the time. Most of us fall somewhere in between with a balanced mixture of the two.   During these spiritual dry times it is refreshing to get a little “shower” that helps sustain us until the streams of blessing begin to flow once again. Our Father never leaves us without a well of goodness to draw from. 
     As I am writing, I know that when I get home today I am going to have to mow the lawn. It has been in the 90’s for two weeks now with only an occasional shower to relieve the heat. Everything should be dying, but it is not. I get frustrated because I have so much clover and Bermuda in my yard. The strange thing is that it is thriving on the dryness. Instead of a burned up yard, I have a sea of white clover tops. When I mow, the clover and Bermuda has enough moisture in it that it sticks to the underside of the mower deck. Where does that come from? God has a way of sustaining his creation through humidity and condensation even when we do not see the rain falling. If God does that for the grass, what make us think that God is not going to take care of us? Those dry times make the roots grow deeper as they search for life sustaining water. Dry times in our lives are often the best thing that can happen to us because it forces us to dig deeper in our relationship with God. 
     If you are going through one of those dry times let me leave you with some good advice. Dig deeper into the Word of God. Pick a book of the Bible and work your way through it. I find the book of Psalms and Proverbs to be refreshing during times of spiritual drought. Dig deeper in your relationship with Jesus. Learn to not only talk to Him, but to listen also. Maybe you are going through a dry time because that is the only way He can get you to talk to Him. Dig deeper into your personal relationships. Concentrate on giving of yourself as much as receiving from others. Someone else may be in worse shape than you. By being there, you may help each other make it through the drought until the showers of blessings return. Finally, dig deep for the lesson that the Lord is trying to teach you from the experience. If you do not learn from your life experiences you are certain to have to take the test over again. Remember – “All things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”   Romans 8:28
In Christ,
Pastor Johnny