Do you know what this is???
This is spackling paste. It is the stuff that you put on your walls to fill in holes and such. It's supposed to be soft and pliable... My husband bought this container quite a while back, used some of it, and then put it away in the closet for the next time he needed to use it. He called me yesterday and told me to get it out and bring it to him. As I went to the closet to get it out, I saw that the lid had not be snapped down securely. I opened it and saw this... I called him and told him. He said, "Just add some water. It will probably be fine." So, I added water...and waited. Soon all of the water was "sucked" up by the spackling, but it was still hard...solid and rough. I called him and told him that I had added water, it seemed to absorb all of it, but that it still wasn't softening. He said that it was probably not going to work...and to not worry about it. I wondered though, if I had added more water if anything would have ever changed... As I read online, it was all dependent on how long it had been sitting. If it hadn't been that long, the water would have likely softened it up, but the fact that it had sat a while (and the lid wasn't snapped on in one place, allowing it to dry out even more) made it pretty impossible to recover.
This got me to thinking about our lives. This is what our lives look like when we live without the "Living Water." The Bible tells us in John 14:14, "But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” If we go a period of time without spending time with Jesus and getting our "living water" "topped off," then we begin to dry up like this spackling did. I have been terribly convicted of this in my own life many times, but today, I was convicted of this by watching my children. They were not "themselves" today...and I kept thinking, "What has gotten into them?" My question should have been, "What has NOT gotten into them?" They were thirsty and needed the living water. Of course, they've been at church and certainly being filled there, but AT HOME, we pretty much took a break from our daily Bible studies together just like we took a break from "school." I was helping them to dry up...and the only thing that could "soften" them again was to "add water"...the "living water" that is. I sat down with them for a while, talked about some things that were on my heart, and told them how I prayed for them and about them. Things immediately took a change for the better, but more water will certainly need to be added daily to get them back to the soft and pliable hearts that I desire and that God desires of them.
Don't dry up! Don't get thirsty! Take from the "Living Water" and never thirst again!!!
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