“…he who waters will himself be watered.” (Proverbs 11:25b NASB)
Do you ever feel like you are in a sort of “spiritual drought?” I, myself, go through a dry season every now and again, and I am realizing that the cause always tends to be my circumstances the way I handle my circumstances. All too often, I let my circumstances determine the fullness of my spiritual rain gauge. When my circumstances lead me to–or are favorable for–spending time in the Word and in prayer, my rain gauge is full; but when my circumstances do not lead me to–or are not favorable for–spending time in the Word and in prayer (and I therefore fail to spend time in the Word and in prayer), I enter into a drought.
Sometimes when this happens, God, by His grace, allows a storm–a trial–to come my way (for certainly He knows that in times of trial I draw nearer to Him). Other times, He sends another source of water: a Brother or Sister in Christ who is joyful and strong in the Lord. God recently used a couple such Sisters in my life to “water” me; and when I came away from talking to them, I thought to myself, “Wow, that was refreshing!”
Proverbs 11:25b says, “He who waters will himself be watered” (or in the NIV, “He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed”). I am so thankful for the people who are sources of water in my life. I wonder if they realize how refreshing it is to be in their presence, where their joy and strength–the products of their own time spent in the Word and in prayer–are like water to the soul.