It about took my breath away! We were driving the back roads near Plymouth, MA when we rounded the corner and saw a shimmering field of red! The cranberry bog was being flooded with water and the brilliant October sun was hitting it just right. The farmers flood the area with up to eighteen inches of water to free the cranberries from the vine. Then because of the small pocket of air contained in the cranberries, they float to the surface, ready to be harvested.
Water is of course essential to growing most anything but with “wet harvesting” it also plays an important role in getting access to the fruit. Today’s verse pictures God’s Spirit like that water so important to fruit production. Without His work we remain a thirsty land. Without His blessing we continue life as dry ground. But oh how it all changes when the Holy Spirit moves and works in people’s hearts.
When I try producing fruit and good works in my own strength, I am using thirsty land and dry ground. I need the Holy Spirit to flood my efforts with His life-producing water and power. I can do nothing in my own strength. It is not how busy I am doing things for others. It is not how many Bible verses I know. It is allowing Him to work through me as I depend on Him. It is getting my ego out of the way and being about His glory.
Lord, please pour out today the blessing of Your Spirit.
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)