And he said, Thus says the Lord, Make this [dry] brook bed full of trenches. For thus says the Lord: You shall not see wind or rain, yet that ravine shall be filled with water, so your cattle and your beasts [of burden] may drink.
- 2 Kings 3; 16-17 AMPC
The Holy Spirit brought to memory a recent time when I was in my own dry brook for several years. The darkest season of my life, standing in a ravine deep and narrow, surrounded by steep sides; that was all I could see.
During those years my primary focus was on those steep sides and mountains around me.
I was constantly looking up at what was too high, too steep, too risky, too intimidating, too scary, too sad, too hard or just too much.
On this particular day, the Holy Spirit gave me a revelation. I saw myself back in the valley, that ravine.
Overwhelmed by the circumstances I couldn’t circumvent, the missed opportunities and regrets, closed doors, the no way outs and my impossibilities. I was overwhelmed by how helpless and near hopeless I was.
The Holy Spirit then pointed out to me that all the while I was looking up and crying out to God, I never looked down.
Have you ever been told “don’t look down” or “don’t look back”? It’s often used as a warning, usually with a negative undertone. But is it possible that in doing so we might be missing a lesson? A blessing or sign overlooked? Scripture tells us not to remember the former things of old, but in this particular example of my own experience, the Holy Spirit brought me back to that time when I was focused on what was before, above and around me. In that moment of revelation, He wanted me to look down.
And that is when I saw the trenches in the ground.
That is when the Lord led me to understand that during all those years each tear that fell, every petition, each moment of silence and every groan that only the heart of God could interpret I was digging trenches for God to fill.
Much like the words in the passage, my brook was dry, but God says “make the brook bed full of trenches” and we will see His glory fill them.
At a time when I could not see nor did I know, God saw and knew nothing would be wasted. I was digging trenches!
He wanted to show me that his way and his lens is far from our scope and he wants us by faith to trust Him enough to fill our trenches! Even if it’s the size of a mustard seed; even if we don’t see wind nor rain; we need to shift our focus sometimes and step outside of what our eyes see and our minds conceive and step into God’s vision and the truth of his character and promises to us as our God and Father. He will always meet us where we are!
Keep digging, keep sowing, keep trusting God with your trenches because while your eyes may not see, God is working! Don’t underestimate the power and authority of your tears. Give God those tears, weakness’, hopes, your hurts, your disappointments, that situation, and He will give you His strength, deliverance and new vision. He will fill your ravine when your brook has run dry.
No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.
TODAY: Dig until God does; because he put something in you and because he has something for you. Amen!