This week I have scheduled some spiritual refreshment. I need it. I have learned over the years that to be spiritually dry is dangerous.
We were given a nice used couch years ago. We put it in the family room. It had about five good years left in it when it came to us. When it finally reached the point of no return we needed to think of a dignified way to discard it. We didn’t want to spend money on it. I decided to burn it. We hitched the wagon to the old Ford tractor and drove it up into the yard. We wrestled that old, tired couch out onto the wagon and took it for its last drive. There was an old burn pile back in the woods. I would burn it there.
This would be an adventure. The children came along. We wrestled the couch off the wagon and onto the ground. I thought about putting some kerosene on the couch to see to it that it would burn well, but I didn’t. I just lit a match and tapped it on the bottom corner of the couch. What happened next shocked me. It was as if I had saturated the couch with lighter fluid. It shot into flame. Within seconds the flame was leaping thirty feet high and the heat from the fire drove us all back. We all stood in shocked silence while the couch burned in a couple minutes down to a small mess of blackened coils.
If you are spiritually dry you should do something about it quickly. It is a dangerous position to be in. Your life can go up in flames in a shocking fury. Spiritual dryness is no trifle. High doses of the Word can be helpful. Psalm 1 says of the one who meditates on the Word of God; “He will be like a tree planted by rivers of water.” If you are spiritually dry get with people who aren’t and let them influence you. When you walk in the counsel of the wicked, stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of scoffers you are in trouble. Get out your Bible and get alone with God or spend some time with godly, righteous, people who praise and honor God and see if you don’t get your color back.
April 12, 2010