My Soul Thirsts
For The Living God

Psalm 23:1-3 NLT; The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. he guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.

Have you ever seen one of those sponges that when they come in the package they are flat and hard; till you wet them, and then they puff up twice the height with the water? That sponge is the way that I felt recently. I had gone through such a dry spell that I literally felt as though Id been compressed and dried up. The Lord had shut my mouth where I was unable to say or do anything. I say it was the Lord because I felt Him love me all the way through the experience.

He showed me how much He loved me and that my worth was not in what I did for Him, but simply that He loved me. Im secure in that. Safe as His possession. I am His and He is mine.

The Lord recently opened the door for me to return to the church where Id gone after my marriage to Tony; which brought me to Texas. When I did, it was like the Lord poured His oil of joy on me, and I was saturated by peace. I can scarcely contain or explain what I experienced.

The freedom that Id once known and thought was lost was restored to me. As I drove home that day I danced in my heart, I floated in the car. (If youve ever experienced a joy like this, you know what I mean).

When I was a young girl I had a horse and when I would let her out of the pen for her to graze in the pasture, she would run out, kick up her heels, buck, snort and toss her head about, because she'd been freed from her confinement. That's the way I felt that day, free!!!!! The Word, held in for so long, came bubbling out.

When I read this Word, I could literally see that God had poured out His Spirit on me and like that sponge I was made alive again; revived by the living water. In the King James Version it says that He restoreth my soul. Restore in the Hebrew means to bring back home again, recover, refresh, relieve, return, reverse, reward. It could mean that one repents, but what I heard the Lord say to me through this scripture was that He'd brought refreshing liberty to me, that literally quenched my thirsty soul.

Were the steps I'd taken wrong? Not necessarily, but He did use this time to draw me even closer to His side.

Oh Lord I praise your holy name, I delight myself in You and in Your word of truth as You have restored unto me the joy of my salvation. I pray today that this word might touch the hearts of the ones who need to hear from Your heart, that whatever trial they are enduring at this time will soon pass that joy will soon come their way if they will not faint in well doing.

In His Love
Karen Trevino

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