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I thought after a very soggy week, this would be a great song to share on Music Friday!

Posted June 26, 2015 by thoughtfulbeliever in Life, Music, Music Video

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Last week we experienced a large amount of rainfall.  I can recall many summers when we complained about too little rain.  But currently, we are experiencing quite a few rainy days and in many places there is just too much rain.  As pools of water stand in fields and rivers leave their banks, we all begin to pray that the rain will stop for a little while.

The rain situation has caused me this morning to think about those times when there is too much of even a good thing.  We all know that rain is vital for creation.  When we have a lack of rain, plants shrivel up, the land begins to crack, and many aspects of life around us become dormant.  All you have to do is look at California to clearly understand the necessity for rain.  However, as good as rain is, too much of it can have an equally damaging effect on creation.  Fields are washed out, basements flood, and even moving from one place to another becomes a challenge.  Too much of anything is problematic as too little.

I observe that there is a delicate balance which exists in life.  When we are living within this balance, life is wonderful.  When we move either direction from this balance point, life can become a struggle.  This is evident in watching children.  Too much parental control can be as problematic as no parental control.  Too much sleep impacts attitude and behaviors equally as too little sleep.  Too much food can have negative health impacts as too little food.

So the challenge for us is to find that balance whenever possible.  Someone said that moderation is the key.  I believe that this applies to all aspects of our lives.

Posted June 16, 2015 by thoughtfulbeliever in Experiences, Life

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In light of the weather this morning (and for the past few weeks):

Posted September 12, 2014 by thoughtfulbeliever in Music

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Friends,

I forgot to post a music video last Friday as I said I would do each Friday so you get one today.

After all the rain we have had lately, seeing the sunshine this morning led me to think of this song:

 

Posted September 2, 2014 by thoughtfulbeliever in Belief, Experiences, Life

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Rain days (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Too much of anything is not a good thing.  That is what I am feeling as the rain comes down once again outside my office.  Last summer and fall we were struggling with drought conditions.  This spring/summer we are dealing with floods and multiple days of rain each week.  I am hoping a balance will be created in the near future.  (But I’m not holding my breath on that one.)

This has caused me to think some about the concept of moderation.  In a country where abundance and accessibility seems to surround many people, we also are aware of those who have little or nothing.  In a world where almost anything is available at the touch of a fingertip (thanks to the internet), there is a struggle with accumulating too much.

The accumulation, and/or consumption, of anything is not in and of itself a bad thing.  However, too much of anything without a responsible management and use of it can lead to very destructive results.  There is responsibility that comes with having.  The key seems to be balance or moderation.  Just like too much rain will lead to floods which have a very destructive impact on nature and the property of individuals, too much of anything can carry an equally destructive force on the lives of people and creation.  So again, we are back at the concept of moderation.

So as I listen to the rain, I pray that the Lord will bring moderation to the moisture that is so valuable and important to our world and to us.  I am also reminded that I need to act responsibly and seek out moderation in my life.

Water’s Impact   1 comment


Water in Cub Run flowing over and around rocks...

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Have you ever thought about the impact that water has?  As I am sitting in my office this morning, it is raining outside.  Every time it rains, I can hear the water running off the roof of the building and through a rain spout that is mounted on the corner of my office.  Today it made me think about the impact of water.

Water can have a positive and a negative impact.  Without water, living creatures (humans included) could not sustain life.  Water is one of those necessary elements of life.  It produces growth.  It refreshes and revives.  Have you ever noticed how grass, trees, and plants grow significantly after a rain or heavy dew.  In the spring, it seems that grass remains brown and trees fail to bud until that first rainfall.  If a thunderstorm arrives, the new growth seems even more prominent.

The negative side of water can also be seen.  Too much water produces floods which can destroy human-made structures, wipe out stands of trees, and move soil long distances.  This is evident in the floods of early summer in Western Iowa and the current floods along the East coast.  Water can wear away at rocks and can even cause crevices in stone over time.

The lack of water can also have a negative impact.  The State of Texas is dealing with huge wild fires and extreme impacts of drought due to a lack of water.

What power water truly has!

These thoughts of water have led me to ponder the Holy Spirit.  Much like the positive aspects of water in the life of creation, the Spirit has the same positive influences in our spiritual lives.  The Spirit feeds our spiritual life.  We cannot sustain that life without the Spirit.  The Spirit can refresh and revive us.

Water also is a great metaphor for the Spirit since like water, the Spirit moves in many different directions and flows over many aspects of our lives.  The Spirit has force like water has force in creation.  The Spirit can create crevices in hearts of stone.  The Spirit can flood a place and move people in directions they had never considered.

May the Spirit of the Lord feed your souls in a similar way as water feeds creation.