Meltdown doesn’t usually have a positive connotation. It often means someone has lost their temper big time. Or worse yet, that there has been a malfunction at a Nuclear Power plant. But as I walked outside this morning to let the cats out, I was greeted with the wonderful sound of drip, drip, drip. This winter has been fierce, just one snowstorm after another, after another. Sunday and Yesterday brought us ice, dangerous black ice. Tonite, they are calling for 5 -10 more inches of snow. But that wonderful sound of drip, drip, drip gave me so much hope this morning. For this too shall pass, this winter will yield to Spring .“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.” (Gen. 8:22)
I take such comfort in the fact, and I mean irrefutable fact, that God is constant. He never changes, He is faithful to His Promises and to His Word. Perhaps you hear a drip, drip, drip in your own life. I know I do, it is the sound of God wanting to touch a certain area, to bring about change and deliverance. To bring about healing and restoration, to bring a Winter in your life to an end, so that His Springtime can begin and you can see all kinds of new growth and freedom. Is it unforgiveness or bitterness? Perhaps it is the desire of God to set you free from a habitual sin that has been plaguing you for years.
6 Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55)
God is always calling us deeper, calling us higher, calling us closer. But there is a constant need to examine ourselves and watch over our hearts, for out of our hearts comes our life, our spiritual life. If we are not vigilant about what we allow to take root there, we may find all kinds of weeds and unwanted winters. We must listen to the drip, drip, drip; those gentle nudges from the Lord that He brings to us through His Word, sermons, other people. God says:
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55)
Is there about to be a meltdown in your life? There is in mine, I hear that drip, drip, drip of God pointing to an area in me, that He desires to change. I have become so familiar with this beautiful dance with God. I used to, in pride, resist it. I used to try to rationalize my actions, etc. But I have now come to trust God so much, that I know He only wants to deliver and free me from something that is holding me back from fully walking with Him and accomplishing His full and perfect will for my life. So if you are on the verge of a Holy meltdown, just yield to His careful hand. Let Him touch that ugly place of bitterness and unforgiveness; that deep place of wounding. Let Him touch that habitual sin that has been plaguing you for years. Freedom awaits, dear friend. God’s Springtime of new growth and freedom. Abraham Lincoln said, toward the end of the Civil War, that we were about to experience, “a new birth of Freedom.” I believe God has that for each and every one of us. I believe He wants to awaken our Nation. But that awakening, that freedom, must start. one at a time with you and me. Yield to the Beautiful drip, drip, drip of God’s touch to your heart. It will be one of the best things you have ever done in your entire life.