Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Clothing the land with blessings

Psalm 84 is a favourite of mine.  I love the bit in verse 6 that speaks about people who, going through Valley of Baca (the way of adversity and suffering through the Bitter Valley) find it to be a place of springs.  The unexpected upwelling and refreshment of grace in the aridity of hard experience.  And the second part of the same verse speaks about the rain clothing the land with blessings.

This morning after too many dry days I woke to the freshness of night rain newly fallen.  The cracked earth where the young grass is growing has soaked it up thirstily, and everywhere life is surging on a day of blue and sunshine.

I remember John Wimber preaching about how the Lord took him outside to look at the massing rainclouds, saying to him “The clouds are big with mercy, John.”

The rainfall is mercy, is blessing upon the land; and I thank God this morning for the wet garden.

365 366 Day 95 – Wednesday April 4th  

The Badger and I shall be away to Spring Harvest first thing tomorrow returning on the 10th, and I’m not sure what will await us on return, though the rest of the household will be here so life will chug on as normal.   But I’m posting this picture for today through to and including the 11th.  I can’t remember how many CDs were in this folder – upwards of twenty.  I freecycled it along with the other one I posted earlier.  So it counts for a few days :0)   


Bean said...

I just love reading the Psalms, they are so comforting. Sometimes they are joyful, sometimes sad, sometimes challenging, but always moving and ultimately uplifting for the soul :) I read some and wonder just exactly what the writer must have been going through at the time.



Pen Wilcock said...

Yes indeed :0)

maria said...

What joy to hear the rain softly falling on the dry earth...nothing like it! Here it is our rainy season, but alas, we have yet to see a good downpour :(

Have a blessed time away Pen.


Pilgrim said...

Hope you have a safe trip.

See Northumbria community's morning blessing, which refuses to copy here. :-)

kat said...

I know exactly what you mean about phoning people!
Have a beautiful week of soul food and come home refreshed

Unknown said...

This is a delightful post. Many years ago I remember hearing John Wimber. I think then I was falling out of love with Renewal. But I always had time for Wimber. I appreciate all you say about aridity and grace. Having recently emerged from the Bitter Valley I am enjoying the sunsihine again. Easter Peace, Phil

Pen Wilcock said...

:0) Thank you for your good thoughts, friends!