It was you who opened up springs and streams. (Ps. 74:15)

We crossed A BRIDGE near the headwaters of the Jordan River in northern Israel. The stream flowed rapidly under our feet as our guide encouraged us to imagine David sitting on the bank of the river, writing such lines as, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God” (Ps. 42:1).

A couple of days later, we stood in an oasis in the desert and watched a waterfall tumble into a pool of water. It provided stark contrast to the dusty, dry surroundings. Nearby were caves, in one of which David hid when King Saul pursued him.

Whether in lush surroundings or in an arid environment, flowing water speaks to us of our need for God’s refreshing touch on our lives. When life’s adversities leave us parched and panting for God’s presence, it’s easy to identify with David in his search for spiritual refreshment. However, when things are going smoothly, we must remember we still need God. We must not allow pleasant conditions to keep us from searching for God’s help. The pleasant environment can turn to parched surroundings if we don’t keep our souls refreshed with God’s Word and prayer.

After all, He is the one who “opened up the springs and streams,” and He is the source of spiritual sustenance. Call upon Him today.

Thank God today for His abiding presence and refreshing touch.

Ron McClung lives in Fishers, Indiana, with his wife Carol. He has written his weekly column, Positive Perspective, for more than twenty-nine years.

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