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Deeper, Lord, Deeper

How many of you remembering hearing the word, and many phrases including the word, “Deeper” A LOT starting about 10 years ago? It was prayed; it was sung; it was cried-out… well, I think the Lord is about to answer that request, but it isn’t going to look (or feel) like people thought it would.

As I was praying and singing through Jeremiah 17 last week, the Lord really highlighted the part about the need for our roots to “spread out”, and the context in which that happens.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes, but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

If you’re from the Fort Smith river valley region, you’ve probably heard a commercial from a local “turf care” company talking about the best way to build a strong, healthy lawn.  They recommend that you totally soak your yard with like 2 inches of water, and then don’t water it again for quite a while.  This forces the grass to send its roots down deeper, as it stretches forth to keep trying to get at that last bit of water from the previous soaking, since above the ground it is getting totally baked by the heat.  Now, I didn’t just take a seriously major bunny-trail because I’m excited about the proliferation of lawn-care techniques: there’s a spiritual principle here.

Graciously, the Lord will absolutely SOAK US from time-to-time.  Also by His grace and wisdom, He will withdraw Himself and allow the heat to be turned up… He’ll allow the drought to come and linger.  That is the only way for us to “Go Deeper”.  If we’re constantly getting a little watering, our roots will never go very deep, and we will never be very stable or very durable.  We see it hear in Jeremiah, we see it in the Song of Solomon, chapters 3 and 5.  He lavishes, and then leaves.  Sometimes we pursue and find Him quickly; sometimes He’s nowhere to be found - or so it seems.  But, in those times, will we keep stretching out towards Him - the Living Water?

During these prayer times the Lord spoke to me, “I am about to answer their prayers to go deeper.  The roots go deeper when the heat comes.  The heat is coming.  Oh how I long for their roots to go deeper and spread out towards me.  Stand and pray for them, that they would endure the heat.  Make your own fruit, that I have given you by my Spirit, available to help sustain and encourage others when they falter.  Keep your leaves green, by making sure you, too, are stretching deeper, so that you can help shade the weary from the heat.  A shaking is coming; The heat is coming - before that all consuming fire, and before that all consuming shaking, because I desire that none should perish, but be strengthened with might, by My empowering grace.”

Join us as we pray for the strengthening, equipping, and edification of the Bride of Christ in the river valley.

Comments

Comment from Michelle
Time: July 22, 2008, 9:50 am

Wow Aaron, did the Lord mention my name specifically?
Been feeling the “no where to be found, the heat”, but always knowing He has really never left. Beginning to feel some shaking going on and the need to go deeper . Really needed to hear this, thanks so much for sharing the Lords heart!

Comment from Aaron
Time: July 22, 2008, 9:58 am

Haha. No, Michelle, not specifically.

“Lord, bless Jason & Michelle - give them the grace to endure, and the strength to press on to You, the Prize.”

Michelle, you are one whose shade & fruit with help sustain those around you in the difficult times.

Comment from Emily Barton
Time: August 5, 2008, 1:15 pm

Hey!

Did I mention this really blessed me? So love you guys, thanks for continuing to press in!

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