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dry season and droughts and the soul…

31/03/2017

Isa 58:11  And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

We are struggling a bit with our water supply.  We are blessed with the most awesome hand dug/bricked well I have seen in my life.  It is about 120 feet deep.  Our neighbors wells, two of them hand dug also but only 60 feet deep are very nearly dry.  He has quit irrigating and it selectively watering plants he wants to thrive.  I was encouraged seeing the depth of our well, but after replacing the deep well pump, the old one failing after 15 years of service we pumped the well dry in a few minutes.  Don’t worry mom, we will get by.  But it will take some manipulating of filling the cistern, reducing our usage.  We are blessed.

Guatemala has about six months of rain and six months of dry season.  But recent years the rainy season has not been as wet as usual and this past year there was little rain for us in October, when usually there are a couple weeks of heavy rain signaling the close of the rainy season.  Here weddings are scheduled often in November, weather still warm, sunny skies and plants look fresh at the beginning of dry season.  Now in end of March with one more month without rain almost guaranteed, there is dust on everything.  The grass has long ago gone dormant, one can imagine the plants and trees crying out they are thirsty.  Sometimes the fog comes in at night and the trees rake the air for moisture and the condensate drops on the plants below for a small respite.  But the sun the next morning quickly sucks up that which has not been absorbed… so much for the refreshing moment!  Some areas of Guatemala have been hard hit, enough to drop production of black beans, rice and corn, the staples Guatemalan mothers feed their children.

I know of no brother or sister in the LORD who has been around several years who has not had a ‘dry season of the soul’.  When events don’t happen as we plan, when delays seem interminable, when tragedies occur around us and like Peter our eyes go to the storm.  We sink in despair.  That arid question of our soul, “where are You LORD” grows from a drought of faith.  Dry faith is a brittle weed.  The ferns here have lost their leaves, the stems are blackened and break easily in your hand.  This land can do nothing but wait.  Wait on the promised rains to come.  Wait for the soils to sponge up heavens blessing to then release them slowly through the next dry season.  Christian, it is the same for our souls.  God’s promises never fail, no matter what the eye sees, the heart feels.  Never allow our human emotion to get the upper hand.  The prophet Jeremiah says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer_17:9)” My eye sees an empty well and being a pastor and missionary I am not free to tell you what my heart said!  But about that moment is when the neighbor said, ‘we need to pray for the rains from heaven’ while casting her eyes and hands clasped in prayer to the One who promises rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

One of my brother’s in the LORD not knowing any of the above sent a couple verses this morning.  It is his habit.  They are in Spanish so Cindy and I both go find the references in English.  Thanks Nacho.  This morning it was the two verses PRECEDING Jer. 17:9.  Fascinating.  The timing.  The lesson and blessing from my LORD.   —  “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”  (Jer 17:7-8)

My trust is in the LORD and notice the intimacy of hope.  The LORD is…. my hope.  Again, the promise of God will never fail, therefore I have no care, no worry in drought.  He has planted us where we are and promises we will bear fruit for the glory of the LORD and His Son Jesus.

Please pray for an early start to the rainy season for Guatemala.

Dennis and Cindy McCutcheon

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