Dew

These past two weeks, I have been pondering clouds and fog.  Dew has always fascinated me too.  God uses dew as another visual for us to learn about Him.

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The word dew brings to my mind refreshment, renewal, invigoration, even life. In the natural world, waterfalls, streams, lakes, rivers, rainfall and snow are sources of refreshment for the plants and soil of the earth. Another source is dew. It is the moisture from a wet ground that travels up or moist air that journeys downward. Whether traveling up or down, the morning grasses are laden with dew when the circumstances are just right. “Dew will never appear while there is either heat or wind. The temperature must fall, the wind cease, and the air come to a point of coolness and rest — absolute rest — before the invisible particles of moisture will become dew to dampen any plant or flower.”   (from Mrs. Charles E. Cowman’s Streams in the Desert, January 30th)

He provides and cares:

When the dew settled on the camp, the manna also came down.  Numbers 11:9

That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” for they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat. This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Each one is to gather as much as he needs. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.'”  Exodus 16:13-16

So Israel will live in safety alone; Jacob’s spring is secure in a land of grain and new wine, where the heavens drop dew.  Deuteronomy 33:28

God uses the word dew repeatedly in His Word. Physically, we see it quenching the thirst of plants and crops. Just as the grass is rejuvenated by the early morning dew, God invigorates us with His love, His Word, His peace, His joy. We, too, must reach that still and quiet place in our being — that absolute rest — before the dew of God falls upon us. Our busyness, our rushing, our schedules keep us from that beautiful point. The quiet moments, the time in God’s Word, praying, sitting beside a stream in utter stillness, the lingering in the beauty of a sunset … these are the places when the wind of busyness ceases, the temperature of daily schedules falls, the air of worry and fear cools and rests. Then the sweet moisture of God’s love becomes dew to refresh our bodies, minds, and souls.

Ponder the words our Father invites us to savor for God promises to care for us in EVERY way:

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; not for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And who are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil not do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But first seek His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:25-34

We are compared to grass — tender, vulnerable, momentary. Yet, in Matthew 6, we are reminded of God’s loving care for us.  Our vulnerability, our tenderness, our momentary stay on God’s earth should lead us to trust in His care, for God is our only hope, the Trustworthy One.

All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass.  Isaiah 40:6b-7

He refreshes us with His dew:

Let them fear You while the sun endures, And as long as the moon, throughout all generations.  May He come down like rain upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.  Psalm 72:5-6

The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.  Proverbs 19:12

Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.  “Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as dewAs the droplets on the fresh grass And as the showers on the herb.  “For I proclaim the Name of the LORD; Ascribe greatness to our God.!”  Deuteronomy 32:1-2 (Song of Moses)

The LORD renews His blessing to Israel, calling His people to return to Him:

I will be like the dew to Israel; He will blossom like a lily.  Like a cedar of Lebanon He will send down his roots; His young shoots will grow.  His splendor will be like an olive tree, His fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.  Men will dwell again in His shade.  He will flourish like the grain.  He will blossom like a vine, and His fame will be like the wine from Lebanon.  Hosea 14:5-7

The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people.  Zechariah 8:12

Likewise, He calls us to Himself:

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”  Matthew 16:24

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.  John 6:37


Dew of Quietness

Drop thy still dew of quietness
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

– Whittier
Source unknown
but retrieved from bible.org

Are you being refreshed?

LORD, I pray that I would know this absolute rest and that it will envelop me.  May I feel the precious moisture of Your heavenly dew refreshing me.  I want to know You, LORD. Teach me to be still. Teach me to ponder things of You.  Teach me to rest in You.  I do seek Your face.  Fill me with Your Word.  Moisten my lips that I may speak Your Truth.  Renew me, LORD, as never before.  O, Heavenly father, shower my heart, my mind, and my soul with Your heavenly dew. In the blessed Name of Jesus, Amen.

Photo of dew:  from  https://melindaschwakhofer.wordpress.com

A Sabbath Moment

Hebrew Shabbat (שַׁבָּת), “to cease”
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow
Psalm 51:7
purify..
cleanse..
redeem..
wash..
purge..
refine..

consecrate..
sanctify..

set apart..

me
LORD God Almighty, I pray this psalm … that I be made whiter than snow.  With each new dawning, will You refine me just that much more, just a little bit beyond the day before?  LORD, I want to be cleansed and sanctified, made holy and pleasing for You.  Amen.

A Sabbath Moment

Hebrew Shabbat (שַׁבָּת), “to cease”
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
               Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
   Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psalm 51:10-12

 

Rest
Renew
Restore
Right spirit
Revival
Rejuvenate
Regenerate

It is in rest that God can cleanse me afresh, change me to walk uprightly, bring me back to a closeness with Him, revitalize the joy of my salvation, and call to remembrance all He is and all He does in my life.

In rest, LORD, You refresh me to Your reborn child.  You remind me through Your Word of Your promises and Your prophecies.  You call me back onto the path, the future You have made for me.  You rejoice over me with Your gladness.  And You quiet me by Your love that I mayrest in You.  May I peacefully lay in Your arms besides the still waters.  Amen. 

 

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A Sabbath Moment

Hebrew Shabbat (שַׁבָּת), “to cease”
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, 
and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 
1 John 4:16
“In the world ye shall have tribulation”:
Lord Jesus, Thou saidst it of old.
There dark are the desolate mountains,
The night winds are cold.

But safe from the storm and the tempest 
My soul hath a cell;
There ever, beside the still waters,
With Jesus I dwell.

There, hushed from the strife and the sorrow,
Alone and apart,
In chambers of peace and of stillness—
That Home is His Heart.*
Spending time with the Lord, in His Word, walking with Him down the paths of peace, through the rushing rivers of turbulence in our lives, standing together in the midst of sorrow—that is where He wants me, where I want to be.  Yet, how often do I sit in the midst of my own sinful nature, whether it be words I have spoken and cannot take back, or acted in an un-Christlike manner before a friend whom I am mentoring, or holding onto jealously or pridefulness?  There I wallow, I cry, I feel unworthy of Jesus Who loves me as I am which allows satan to grab me, taking me further into these places.
My relationship with Christ is foremost.  I am to flee these thoughts, these actions, these feelings.  I am to turn to God, to my Rock, my Redeemer, and my Refuge.  There I am to stay, in the cleft of the Rock where He keeps me from the one who wants to take the peace and joy from me.  Doubting has no place in a believer.  I need to believe God for He is my Stronghold.  I am a believer in the One True God, the Only God.
“If you have not a God you can perceive, have a God you can believe.”*
When doubts, thoughts, distractions arrive at my doorstep, I am to close that door and not allow them in.  I am to resist, for the Bible says, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7  If the sinful ways, the thoughts of pride, the feelings of unworthiness, continue to surface, I am to lay them before the Lord, again and again.  “Surrender, Linda, surrender.  Take these to the Cross.  Lay down, Linda, and be still in the cleft.  Let the grace of God bathe you and quiet you.”  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  James 4:8
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, 
for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.   
1 John 4:4

We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; 
whoever is not from God does not listen to us. 
By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 
1 John 4:6
“Faith lies in the depths; we have it, we know it, and we have believed it for a long time now.”*  

Father God, You are my Creator.  You know the very troubles my soul endures, tribulations of my mind and body.  You tell me I am Yours and I believe You.  I know You and love You.  Thank You for holding me in the cleft of Your Rock.  Thank You for soothing my trembling ways, my anxiousness, and my weariness with the world.  Hold me closely, Lord, as I do not want to be pulled into the torrent.  I want to be with You as a rock holds its own in the midst of a raging river.  Eventually, the waters will become still and the rock will be able to lie there quietly.  May I sacrifice myself quietly to You, wholeheartedly to You.  May I be close always, Sweet Lord.  Amen.

* from “The Quiet Way–A Christian Path to Inner Peace” by Gerhard Tersteegen (1697-1769)
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A Sabbath Moment

Hebrew Shabbat (שַׁבָּת), “to cease”
I cease from this world for this moment, resting with my LORD ~ 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.  He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?  “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”  Jeremiah 17:7-10

From Charles H. Spurgeon’s little book, “Daily Help”, January 14th:

The great King, immortal, invisible, the Divine person, called the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit: it is he that quickens the soul, or else it would lie dead forever; it is he that makes it tender, or else it would never feel; it is he that imparts efficacy to the Word preached, or else it could never reach further than the ear; it is he who breaks the heart, it is he who makes it whole. 
There dwells upon this earth a mysterious Being, whose office is to renew the fallen and restore the wandering.  We cannot see Him, or hear Him, yet He dwells in some of us as Lord of our nature.  His chosen residence is a broken heart and a contrite spirit. 

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18

by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:5b-6

Abba Father, You know my nature.  You know I needed You.  You knocked on the door many times.  I finally opened that door and there You were.  You never gave up on me.  You then poured Your Holy Spirit into me and now reign over my very soul.  You love me so that You hold me near.  You have quickened my soul.  You have made me tender.  You have given me and continue to give me Your precious Truth.  You held my broken heart for I was lost and wandering.  You took those many pieces and made my heart whole.  I pray You continue to mold it until it is wholly Yours.  Thank You for Your ever-present renewal and restoration of me.  And thank You for choosing my heart and spirit to dwell within.  I love You, LORD.  Amen.