Dr. Earl Pierce used to tell the story about a man from the city who moved to a farm and bought a cow. Shortly after he did, the cow went dry. When he shared this fact with a neighbor farmer, the farmer expressed surprise. The man from the city said he was also surprised. "I can't understand it either, for if ever a person was considerate of an animal, I was of that cow. If I didn't need any milk, I didn't milk her. If I only needed a quart, I only took a quart." The farmer tried to explain that the only way to keep milk flowing is not to take as little milk as possible from the cow, but to take as much as possible.
Pierce made the point that this is also true of the Christian life. Those who only turn to God during a time of need miss a much deeper flow of grace and peace.
The God we worship is a God of abundance. In the book of Revelation, we receive this invitation:
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
And let everyone who hears say, “Come.”
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.”
May you turn to God - not only in a time of need - but often. May you find time for quiet and prayer and nurture that relationship. And, may you drink deep from the fountain of life!
Our prayer today is based on Psalm 42.
Let us pray: As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for the living God. I hope in you and I shall again praise you - for you are my help and my God. Amen.
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