I will turn the desert into pools of water. (Isa. 41:18)

THE DROUGHT WAS SEVERE in Zimbabwe. Especially hard hit were the regions around Victoria Falls. As we walked the dirt paths to get from one village to another, we would inevitably come across the carcasses of sheep, goats, and cattle. For three years, the drought stubbornly held its grip. The villagers became discouraged. Many of them packed up what material goods they had and headed toward the city of Bulawayo to live. They hoped to find work in the urban setting.

Then, after almost three years of the heavens being shut, the rains finally came. What a sight to behold as villagers ran from their mud huts and begin to energetically dance and whoop it up. It was time to celebrate! As the rains continued to fall, pools of water began forming. At first it was the little children who went and played in the water. Then the adults, not concerned about what others would think of them, plunged their entire bodies into the water, rolling around, all the while laughing and shouting out, “Mdumisani, uNkulunkulu!” (Praise God!).

In church the next day, Mrs. Furusa shared, “It was so refreshing to be drenched in heavenly rain. This is kind of what it was like when I became a Christian. The raindrops of salvation caused me to dance and shout for joy!”

Take time today to relish the joy of your salvation.

Jim “Umfundisi” Lo is the author of Connect with God: The Purpose of Prayer (WPH) and the dean of chapel at Indiana Wesleyan University.