The heat has lingered long this year,
the ground more parched than I’ve known in all my days of coaxing things to grow.
The little bit of rain that has kissed the dirt rolls mostly off unreceived
and I’m watching people lose trees that have stood long
through the seasons.
I want to water everything.
To give a long, slow pour to thirsty places,
dipping down my bucket to draw up water,
and then let go a fountain
to make brittle things live again
– dry bones, dry-docked dreams
and dry ground.
I’m in heavy watering mode these days so if you’ve got some thirsty places,
hold still while i give us a little pour:
growing where you’re planted in the middle of a dry spell,
hunkered down drawing up moisture from the dust
while your heart thumps hungry for the rain.
Can you feel the faint tremble as the ground rumbles deep?
Like something far is coming – the sound a wildfire or stampeding herd might make.
You feel it in the way that dogs hear a high pitched sound
so it puts you on edge and your heart begins to pace
because you’re already wilting in this place.
Feeling too far gone. And tired.
Wake up your hope and listen.
In the early morning blue of your before there swells a river
that’s been rising on the raw end of a long night dark.
It’s the squeeze before your breakthrough that your thirsty heart is hearing
in those places of “damn, we’re in a tight spot.”
This is your before – not the end as it may seem.
There’s coming a healing rain and it will find you
where and how you need.
There’s nothing you can do to miss it, this help that’s on the way.
Your heart is seen and known and understood
and you’re okay.
What if you let yourself take on
a holy curiosity about it all.
To go toward wonder.
The clouds of something good are gathering.
Your dry season is ending.
Go ahead and dance like you’re already in the rain.
“Faith is not a club you belong to, but a current you surrender to.”
– Glennon Doyle Melton
“God is perhaps more tender than you know.”
– Brennan Manning
I’d like to give away another package this week
– yeah, it lights me up:)
Leave a comment and I’ll plunk your name in the hat
for the drawing.
And it gives me huge joy to send one out to wonderful Susan of Windrock Studio this week
with a whole lot of love.