In the movie, The Shack, the main character Mackenzie travels to a mountain cave for a discussion with Wisdom. Painfully and ultimately, Mack comes to terms with some hard truths and is overwhelmed with feelings, and emotions he had dammed up. As he starts to leave, a waterfall starts to pour over the mouth of the cave. Mack steps out under the flow with arms wide open and his face to the sun.
During that scene, this verse came to mind: Joel 2:29-30: "Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth." I sat imagining what an outpouring of God's spirit would look like. And for a moment I could almost feel the water spray on my face as I approached the deluge. Under my breath I told God, "I want that!"
Forget gathering bowls and buckets like you're catching drops through a leaky roof! They can't contain the wonders of God! We are the containers for His Holy Spirit! Scripture says that Jesus' blood was poured out (Matt 26:28), and that God's love has been poured out (Romans 5:5), and that the grace of our Lord was poured out abundantly. (I Timothy 1:14)
Yes, abundantly! Freely! Generously! Turn the faucet on full force, Heavenly Father! Like an open fire hydrant on a hot summer day, let me dance in the deluge and play in the puddles of your Spirit! For when I am full to overflowing I will pour your forgiveness, your love, and grace out over others. I will pour myself out freely knowing my filling is as close as my heart is to yours.
Reflection: Are you empty or dry? Is there something keeping the faucet from flowing full force? When you think of receiving wonders from God do you tend to put out a cup, a bucket or a swimming pool?
Prayer: Dear Lord, in Isaiah 44, you say "For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants." This world is parched for goodness, kindness, faith and love and hope. Pour out your Holy Spirit on to our thirsty land- our thirsty souls-our dry barren dreams. Pour out your spirit and blessings on our children. May we drink from the well that never runs dry. May we drink of you and never thirst again.
Beautiful artwork provided by Tonya Haswell as part of her Lenten project.