Drylands are defined by the “scarcity of water.” This I know well. This sign is actually in the neighborhood where we are staying. When we aren’t continually bringing ourselves to the base of the well of living water, our soul- our “land” becomes spiritually dry. We dig for water all around, we dig our own broken cisterns looking for “water,” sadly we do not find the water that satisfies our souls. Instead we fill our lands with activity if we do more, we will find approval from Jesus, or worse from others. We fill our lands with projects if I remake everything around me, I won’t have to focus on the remaking of my soul. We over connect with others Lord, I am so connected to people, surely you understand why I don’t have time for you? We disconnect from others Lord, I am so terrible, if they only knew the real me. I am guilty of all of these- overcompensating, overproducing, overconnecting, and disconnecting.
Our drylands become wastelands. Our fruit, rotten. Our bones weary.
Jeremiah 2:13 says,
“My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
It’s time to clear out this wasteland, to close up the broken cisterns which do not hold water and come to the living well and drink. There and only there will we find true freedom and as our drylands continue to drink up from the living well, new life will begin to bloom all around.
“but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”