The headlines are staggering. Drought conditions for most of Wisconsin. Forty-two counties declared in a state of emergency. Wisconsin is not the only state. Other areas of the United States are suffering too. The ramifications of a drought are wide-spread. Corn cannot grow, alfalfa and other crop growth stunted. The drought interferes with production of food for humans and animals. State of emergency allows the possibility for irrigation and other means of support. In a drought the natural flow of life does not continue. There are talks of a dust bowl and stunted growth. We pray for rain, moisture to bring new life. Nature has a way of reminding us that just as ground is dusty and parched so can other aspects of life be dusty and parched. The Christian Scriptures further tells a story of dust and stunted growth.
The Gospel of Mark (6:7-13) from the Christian Scriptures portrays Jesus as telling the disciples: you can do this, you can tap the wisdom inside of you while traveling light. You can bring goodness and new life to parched and thirsty situations. Embrace water of life. Your centeredness in the Divine allows you to overcome unhealthy life forces: envy, jealously, control, revenge. You have the strength within you to bring about acceptance of gifts of all and see through political maneuvering– do not seek to get even. And when there is non-acceptance Jesus says, shake the dust off your feet. In other words shake the dust of manipulation, non-communication, envy, jealousy, control and revenge and look for areas of healthy relating. Seek to be with those who want to work toward understanding, peace and reconciliation. Jesus’ words invite reflection on our own experience.
In our own lives we may experience the drought and dust of situations that are not life-giving and healthy. We may experience a “state of emergency” in discerning ways to bring the water of life into various situations. Rather than spending time and energy on a situation for which we have no control, the invitation is shake the dust from our feet and look for water of life refreshment, new life, wisdom.
Knowing when to shake the dust from our feet is not an easy. However in drought conditions, drastic measures need to be taken. We seek living waters which bring new life.
Where is there drought and dust in my life? In what aspects of my life do I seek living water? How would I describe this living water?
Our invitation is to embrace living water to ease the drought and dusty roads in our lives.
Blessings and peace