Spring Up Oh Well!
When my children were young, I taught them a song that had lyrics that went like this: I’ve gotta a river of life flowing out of me. Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see. Opens prison doors, sets the captives free. I’ve gotta a river of life flown out of me. (chorus) Spring up oh well, within my soul; spring up oh well, and make me whole……., spring up oh well and give to me; that life abundantly!
Not only did we sing these words, but we created body and hand motions for each line. It was a joyous time of immense pleasure for all of us, as we sang and preformed our creation together. We always felt so FILLED and refreshed afterwards.
In stewarding our hearts, it is important we daily take their temperature if you will, to assess whether they are filled, or empty. As I’ve shared before, sometimes they are filled with the wrong things~ and when we take an inside look and find that is the case, we need to do some soul-searching to remove those toxins, BUT……………….then we need to always be sure to refill that empty well with good, living water from the true river of life………….Jesus Himself!!
Life is BUSY~ as I am sure we have all found out, for there is always SOMETHING calling for our attention. Commitments, people, responsibilities, even fun-filled activities. All of these things cost of not only time, but energy, and the only way to gain more of it again, is to stop every so often and REST, relax, and wait upon God to renew our wells. If we don’t they will eventually run dry.
As a good night’s sleep renews us physically, coming to Him to REST~ by stopping other activities on a regular basis, renews us spiritually. If we don’t we will run dry, and if we run on dry for long, we will eventually BURNOUT and thus have nothing to draw from or give.
If this occurs we need to sometimes take a complete season off, and REST~by coming to the LORD regularly to revive and refill our wells. I believe this is what Jesus means in Matthew 11;28-29 when He says, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Come UNTO Me…………come……………unto…………….Me! We make the decision to COME to Him, with no other agenda, but solely to REST in His arms and spend quality time with Him. As we do, He comes unto us, and when He does He brings Himself, which efreshes, revives, strengthens, invigorates and refills our wells.
Sometimes it feels like it is drip by drip, but as we discipline ourselves to regularly meet with Him, focused on Him and not distracted~ those drips of refreshing life add up, and before we know it, the MORE of the river of life begins to flow once more over our dry, parched, tired, rocky, hearts; softening, enlivening and energizing them. When this occurs, you too, back on your feet will be singing with your spirit’s, Spring up oh well, ready to focus once more on giving the excess of what you’ve received to those around you!
Won’t you join me today in coming to Him? Choose to take off your Martha apron and sit at His feet with Mary, or on His lap, whatever is more comfortable.
-The Quilted Poetess