I knew Texas summers where going to be stupid hot when we moved here. But what I didn’t know was Texas summers get so stupid hot that if the clay soil is not watered it will separate from the house risking a cracked foundation. Growing up in Michigan where keeping water out your basement was an ongoing battle, I couldn’t grasp the idea of actually having a sprinkler system to water my house. But I flipped the switch assuming the settings from the previous owner would be sufficient and took off for a month with the kids to visit the grandparents.
My husband may take excessively long showers but no laundry or dishwasher use occurred in that month. Only one man excessively showering and the sprinkler system. My face may have turned the same shade of green as the well hydrated grass because our water bill was $1200!
This summer we took our chances. I left for a month and left the system off. It had rained enough that the grass was in fair shape at my return but I noticed it hadn’t been enough to prevent the ground separating from the foundation in spots.
A move can dry us out, make us feel separated from God, people, and everything familiar. Just as the mercury rises on a stupid hot Texas summer day so our feelings of doubt, despair, loneliness, resentment, and fear overwhelm us and threaten to crack our sanity.
Romans 8:35 (NLT) asks, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death?” Paul could have added ‘or moving’ to the list and replaced ‘cold’ with ‘hot’. We don’t have to be overwhelmed with our move because Jesus offers us an overwhelming victory. He reassures us that the natural world, supernatural world and even our own fears and worries can’t keep God’s love away. Wherever we move, high above the sky, deepest ocean or hottest Texas home “nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” That is a promise, a firm foundation, worth building confidently on and not separating from.
What comfort! But why do we still FEEL separate sometimes? Romans 8 gives us a truth about God’s love but how do we connect our emotions to the truth?
Realize a foundation doesn’t move. The soil around it pulls away when it isn’t watered.
God doesn’t move. If there is a gap in our spiritual life, it is because we let a circumstance harden us and we’ve pulled away. We haven’t been watered sufficiently. Jesus is the water that can soften our hardness and connect us to the firm foundation of God’s love and forgiveness.
King David of Israel was no stranger to moving. He spent his teen years as a shepherd, moving with the herd. His young adult life was spent on the run from King Saul before eventually moving into the palace. Psalm 63 records a time when he may have moved to Texas (or the wilderness of Judah but it might as well be Texas from the description). “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1 NLT)
Psalm 63’s Three P’s to not feeling Parched:
- Presence. God’s presence once resided in a physical temple but today, the gift of the Holy Spirit lives in us when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. We become the sanctuary, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit allowing us to enjoy daily fellowship, guidance, and strength therefore we are never alone, forgotten or forsaken.
- Praise. David expresses conviction to praise God not matter what. Praise can be expressed in song but also in our actions and attitudes. It is praising God for who he is and his full character. It is also remembering what God has done in the past, being grateful for the present, and hopeful for the future.
- Prayer. Prayer is as simple as talking, and can be as natural as breathing. It is shifting the voice in your head from talking to itself to God. David lifts his hands in prayer as a child lifts his arms to his father to be picked up and carried.
If you are feeling separated from God what practical steps will you take to have Jesus water your soul? Maybe some quiet time praying the scriptures in the morning? Or singing praise music throughout the day? Perhaps taking a rejuvenating walk in the calm of the evening just enjoying God’s presence revealed through His creation? Only Jesus, the living water, can fill in the separating gap, to soften and mold you to reach the firm foundation of God’s salvation and love.