June 28
           RAIN IN DUE SEASON 
 
One of the hottest places on earth is Death Valley, California.  Furnace Creek Wash temperatures climb to 120 daily and have been recorded as high as 134 degrees.  Miles of lifeless wilderness stretch out in all directions. 
Despite the harsh temperatures, Death Valley is famous for its spectacular spring wildflowers--a sea of gold, purple, pink and white flowers stretching across the desert floor. Although there are years where blossoms are few, they are never totally absent.   
Most of the showy desert wildflowers are annuals, also referred to as ephemerals because they are short-lived.  Their limited lifespan assures their survival in these harsh conditions. Rather than struggle to stay alive during the desert’s extreme conditions, these annual wildflowers lie dormant as seeds.  When enough rain finally falls, the seeds quickly sprout, grow, bloom, and then go back to seed again before the heat returns.  
This spectacular display of spring wildflowers does not occur by chance.  Water is necessary either by rainfall or from the aquifer upon which the valley sits.  Down below the desert floor lies soil saturated with water.  The water moves down through many channels under rock formations. Whenever the water hits a vertical place on a rock, it gurgles to the surface as an artesian spring. 
 
In the deserts of your life, things often look dead.  Nothing is flourishing.  There seems to be no growth.  But if you have planted the seed of the Word in your life, those seeds will bloom in God's perfect timing.  God has promised:  
 
...I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain , that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the Lord's wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you.  (Deuteronomy 11:14-17) 
If you remain faithful to God in the barren times of life, refreshing spiritual rains will return again in due season.   The artesian well of God will rise up within you. You will once again be fruitful.  You will be productive again spiritually.  The beauty of God will once again rest upon you. 
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.  (Psalm 90:17) 
 
 
 
 

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