Wednesday, October 3, 2012

INSECURE WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP


Here we are at another first Wednesday of a new month and it’s INSECURE WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP. What am I insecure about today? It might be easier to ask; what am I NOT insecure about today? But, that’s another post entirely.

I live on an island in the Caribbean. Like a lot of islands we have no water source. No rivers streams or lakes (it’s also a very small island). We depend on rain to sustain us. All structures are built with water collection in mind. Each is equipped with a cistern to hold the reserves. Some cisterns are as primitive as a barrel at the corner points of a roof line and others, like the one in the house where I live, are intricate, and empty into a concrete vault below the house designed to hold thousands of gallons.

Normally, during the ‘rainy season’ the cisterns fill and we draw on them throughout the drier winters, when the skies reign crystal clear blue with nary a cloud in sight. This year, like so many places around the globe, we are experiencing a drought. Not that anyone is complaining that the large storms (hurricanes) have all been ‘fish storms’ (they are doing their climatic job of cooling things off, while not coming in contact with land masses), but a few days of rain would be appreciated. The cisterns are dropping and many have already run dry. Of course you can buy water, but it comes at a price that most cannot afford

I’ve heard it said that weather, especially dramatic weather is the great equalizer. No matter how rich you are you cannot change what God has decreed. Of course, the rich can purchase their water, but they cannot bring the rains. The rest of us, wait and pray. We wait on God’s mercy learning patience and humility at the Master’s plan. As we pray we develop a more profound relationship with our Father in Heaven. As our prayers are answered we learn to look toward the ‘living water’ of his mercy, love and grace. It’s amazing what a little humility can do for you.

To God our insecurities are like those weights we lift to build our muscles. They truly do serve the purpose to make us stronger, better and ultimately draw us closer to Him. I have found the best way to become more secure is not necessarily to plow through my insecurities but to lay them down before my Lord and Savior, Jesus  Christ and let him shine his light on the path I should take to leave them fully behind.

Probably not what you might have expected from me today, but as I find myself on a journey that I know not where it will lead, I find the only way through this maze of life is to trust the light that shines forth from Christ. For each of you today who might read this, I pray that you will find God’s love and peace and the ability to lay down your insecurities before his son. If it is that you don’t believe that God does live, no matter, He loves you anyway and always.

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16 comments:

  1. Amen! And God is with us as we struggle.

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  2. You preach The Truth, Sister!

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  3. What a shame about your water supply! That must be quite scary. Here's hoping the drought leaves you soon. :)

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  4. Like the gentle sound of a little rain falling through the leaves of a
    forest, your words quench a thirsty soul. Thank you.

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  5. Hmmm. I appreciate what you are saying, but you do know that rain is caused by the evaporative effect of sunlight on the oceans, right? Water evaporates to create clouds which cool as they increase in elevation causing condensation which forms into drops of water that because of gravity falls to the earth as rain.

    It's pretty simple, and we can reproduce it in a laboratory.

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  6. Lovely, Barb. Here's to hoping you get some rain.

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  7. How cool that you live on the Caribbean. I just learned lots of things from your post in a very short while. Thanks for visiting me. It's good to meet you! :)

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  8. Giving over our worries is one of the most faithful things we can do. I hope you get some rain soon. :)

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  9. Rain will come and then the hillsides will throw rocks at you. :) The house I grew up in had a 40,000 gal. cistern. It took care of 4 people, laundry and everything. We never ran out of water.

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  10. Amen, sister. God is there through all we struggle through. Lovely to have found you. I'd love to know where in the Caribbean you live - I cruised there in 1987 for my sister's graduation present. It was incredible - what an example of God's creation and majesty!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/

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  11. I'm a sufficiently insecure writer that I could not even think of trying to write as you do.

    I hope you soon encounter the blessing of rain.

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  12. I hope you get a few good rains to fill the cisterns! That would be very stressful.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  13. No worries we have 30,000 gallons over here, we could do a sleepover if need be, great generator too!!

    But filling the other cistern, that is much harder....struggles we all deal with.

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  14. Btw, I gave you a Shout-Out today. :)

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