“I turned on the shower and there was no water,” the UPS driver told me as we talked on the parched grass of my front lawn.
“There were no showers from heaven or in my bathroom,” I replied.
The dry spell was testing a lot of country wells.
There is another side to beautiful, hot, cloudless days. The earth thirsts even as the seaside towns prosper.
“I wish it could be this clear every day” is a tempting desire.
And yet, there’s a high price to pay for too much of any blessing - even a stretch of rainless weeks.
Summer is a favorite time of year for many sun worshippers. Why else would people make southern climates and island beaches so popular?
But why do droughts usually happen in summer?
Whether it’s an answerless bathroom shower or a drought in your check book, dry times get us to look up.
And when the faucets respond again and we finally get to wash our hair, it seems easier to be thankful for those daily showers of blessings that previously flowed down the drain.
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Literal and figurative droughts can bring self-reliance to a grinding halt. Maybe stark times are not to be cursed after all.
"Then it shall come about when the LORD your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied, then watch yourself, that you do not forget the LORD who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel…Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!…If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit...Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family.
Deuteronomy 6:10-12 NASB, 2 Chronicles 6:26,27 NIV, Psalm 68:19 NKJV, Proverbs 25:16 NIL, Judges 8:27 NIV