“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Ben Franklin, 1759
Ah, the sweet refreshing feel of rain in the midst of a drought. When I find myself in a spiritual drought, God often brings that same kind of cooling rain to cool things off in my spirit – sort of to let me know that… He is still there. I shouldn’t need it but I admit that I do. And I do the same thing in those spiritual moments that I do in those natural moments, when a soft rain comes (however brief) in the midst of the intensity of an overbearing heat wave: I go and stand outside in the rain. I’m sure I look like an idiot, just standing outside in the rain – hands raised high, eyes closed, just getting drenched. But it feels so good to bask in the cool, wet rain for even just a few minutes before the scorching heat returns. And it will return… the heat. It always does. But God is still with me, even in the heat of this suffocating drought.
“I am determined to defend my rights and maintain my freedom or sell my life in the attempt.” – – Nathanael Greene
Sometimes, I get more done in the drought then I do in the cooling rain – while the rain refreshes me, I tend to be more focused and driven in those droughts provided I stay focused long enough to accept that my tasks for Him remain the same in whatever the conditions may be.
Today’s Scripture: Galatians 5:1
1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.