Arriving home last night after four days away, I was anxious to walk through the vineyard in the early morning light today. There was a good rain at about 11:00 last night and drops of liquid diamonds clung to the tips of each leaf reflecting the world in distorted images like one of those warped mirrors in a crazy house. Speaking of crazy… I may be but it seems to me that a good rain is appreciated by the vines much more than a soaking from my hose. Seriously, natural is better. I don’t know if there have been studies done but I bet I could get Federal funding to prove that there is some kind of supernatural benefit of rain over irrigation. Its like cutting out the middleman. Peter Max said he never knew what he was going to paint. The canvass sort of painted itself and he was just the middleman. Everything God does is done with purpose. As when God sends the rain to water the earth, he also sends his word with purpose. I guess you could say I’m a middleman in some respects. When I water the vines and when I teach the word of God I’m acting as a middleman. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not discounting the role of middleman but natural is better. There is no substitute for straight from the source. I believe there is something more beneficial about rain from heaven and there is something unsurpassed about the word of God straight from his heart to yours! Teachers, preachers, commentaries and study notes can be helpful middlemen but there is something about sitting before God with open Bible and allowing him to send his word like rain. “Send forth your word and we shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth!”

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