“The LORD will guide you continually,
giving you water when you are dry
and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like an ever-flowing spring.”
-Isaiah 58:11 (New Living Translation)
When life is busy (as it almost always is) and I feel pulled in a hundred different directions by all there is to do, I easily wind up feeling dry and depleted.
Without a source of water to refill my inner well, it doesn’t take long until I have nothing left to give. I wind up functioning in a mechanical, empty way that keeps the basics done (barely), but there’s no overflow for the creativity and generosity that makes the world a beautiful place.
In these COVID-19 days of social isolation, I feel that dryness of soul and spirit even more keenly without the usual social interactions that normally help to refill me.
In reality, the truest, most refreshing, most sustaining water my soul needs only comes from time spent with the Divine. When I spend the time allowing my soul to commune with the Divine, I am continually given the water I need not only to restore my strength enough to do the things that need done, but also enough to overflow like an ever-flowing spring to have enough to give to others.
That time spent regularly in the presence of the Divine moves my soul from feeling like a dried-up barren desert to a well-watered garden, lush and overflowing with moisture and beauty.
My time spent in contemplative prayer with prayer beads is my means of spending this time in the Divine presence.
How do you spend time connecting with the Divine in your life?