As we do Vacation Bible School this week at our church, we are wearing bracelets that say “Watch for God” as reminders to keep tracking God in our personal life. Since God’s mercies are new every morning, it takes “watching” to see them each day. If I’m not watching for God and His mercies then I often not only miss the sweetly personal supernatural, but default to complaining, fear, worry, etc. The more I train my eye to watch for God, the more I see Him at work and my eye becomes trained to see the blessing in something that at first glance may just seem like something negative.
To watch for God at work in trials is like seeing drops of water in arid places. The first definition for “arid” in Dictionary.com is: “being without moisture; extremely dry; parched: arid land; an arid climate”. In our lives arid places can symbolize those times of trials and stretching, often lengthy and difficult. But unlike geographically arid regions, which result in fruitlessness, “arid” life seasons can actually stimulate “fruit” production. Our difficult seasons cause us to either watch for God and see His mercies, or become bitter and miss the God sightings.
When we choose to watch for God at work in our arid places, we see mercy drops and sometimes showers even in our deserts. Oswald Chambers said, “…God has to take us into the valley, and put us through fires and floods to batter us into shape, until we get to the place where He can trust us with the veritable reality.”
“And the parched ground shall become a pool” (Isa. 35:7), “I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.” (Isa. 41:18). “I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” (Ezek. 34:26) God promises showers of mercy and blessing upon our arid places. Are you watching for Him in faith?