With this cold weather blowing in, I must admit I’m thinking of sun-drenched places…a beach, or a visit to Arizona! Or how about being drenched in the glow of flames from a fireplace?
Then there are thoughts of how rain-drenched I was a couple times this past year.
Being “drenched” is quite a word picture, don’t you think? I immediately picture kids caught in a rainstorm running up to the door clamoring to get inside and out of soaked clothing, sloshing water on the kitchen floor with every step. Almost makes me shiver! Of course, being drenched in sunshine gives me feelings of warm sand on my toes. Warmth and the comfort that comes from that make me smile.
So, the word drenched is simply descriptive of a state of being. Our circumstances determine how we feel about the word at a given time.
I’m thinking now of how it might feel to be “drenched in the Spirit of God.”
Have you ever felt that? Do you know anyone you’d say exhibits that as their lifestyle?
In my 45+ years of understanding what it means to be a Christian, I’ve met only a few–maybe 5–people who have lived that kind of life “out loud.” Know what I mean?
There are lots and lots of people I’ve known who are Christians and serve the Lord with gladness and joy and thanksgiving. But there’s something spectacular that shows up in the life of a person simply drenched in God’s love.
I’ve long thought that the reason we see so few miracles today is because there are not many who are willing to give. Up. Every. Thing.
The Apostle Peter was married (Jesus healed his mother-in-law). Yet, Peter gave up “that” life and followed Christ and proclaimed Him until he was killed for his faith. There are few willing to do that today. The Apostle Paul said it was better to be single and be able to preach and travel than be tied to a wife. I’m not saying marriage and family are not important…no way…children carry on the heritage of faith to the next generation!
What I mean is that it takes someone very, very special to be drenched–soaked to the skin–with the love of God. So thoroughly soaked that God just pours out all over when they are around.
I pray that God will reveal some of those people to you. They are special. I feel so blessed having known a handful. And I have seen Jesus through them. We need “Jesus with skin on” every now and then because we really are weak in faith so many times. Can I get an “Amen” on that? At least, I readily admit that I am weak.
Think of your life and who might have shown you a glimpse of Jesus….even if you didn’t know it at the time, or didn’t know them very long. I don’t mean great preachers. Just think of Jesus and then put a face with that name. Most of those you think of will have had their own world of troubles, short-comings and strife. They will be the first to tell you they are far from perfect and struggle every day.
But that’s what makes them special…at least to me. I hope you think of someone. But if you don’t, now is the time to start looking. And when you see them, share with someone close to you!
by Cindy Best