It rained last night and into this morning, even now the clouds are still heavy with rain. As I was driving around our new home town today I noticed something that was not a familiar sight to me since I lived most of my life the deserts of Arizona. There were areas on the sides of the road, in yards, fields and the edge of some forest areas which were filled with standing water, creating pools, small ponds, and ribbons of water long after the rain was done. As we explore different areas of our new territory, I have come to the realization that this area has so much water underground, that the land is saturated beyond the stage of quick draining.
The yard outside our front door, which is covered with beautiful green grass, now squishes when I walk and my little dog dances across it because he's not used to walking in wet grass.
A white fluffy cloud when saturated with rain is unusually dark gray and heavy looking. Not only the appearance changes when something is saturated but, the action and reaction of things around it are also affected.
The ground gets so wet and so full of the rain that there's no place for it to go, so the water just sits on top of it, and then what you're looking at is not just the grass but you're automatically drawn to the water that is sitting there. All around me I've noticed that everything and everyone feels the impact of this saturation.
Do you know what the word saturate means? I looked it up in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary and it says "to satisfy fully and to treat, furnish, or charge with something to the point where no more can be absorbed". Here is my definition, "to fill completely with something that permeates, or load to capacity".
I bet we all can remember the last holiday meal where we sat with the family and all ate to the point of saturation! You were almost to the point of being to full to move, and you had to just find that comfortable chair, sit back, and maybe even take a nap, right? That is Turkey SATURATION!
But I am experiencing a different type of saturation; one that you can NEVER get enough of, Saturation of God's Word. There is no "saturation level" with God's Word! Oh my friend, I challenge you to fill yourself with so much of His Word that you reach the point of SATURATION! Well, ALMOST, because you cannot ever reach the full Saturation Point, but it can fill you to overflowing!
The Psalmist David cried out in Psalms 119:11 (NKJV) "Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you." David said in other scriptures that his heart was full, "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand". (Ps 16:11 NIV)
In Psalm 119(NIV), 22 times David uses adjectives like; meditating, loving, seeking, obeying, keeping, following, choosing, in the proclamation of his saturation in the precepts, the laws, the commands of God. I am so in love with the Word of God, can I do less than David? Can you?
The more of the Word we can get into our lives, the more we can saturate ourselves with God's love letter to us, then the closer we come to knowing him in his fullness! Acts 17:28 (NIV) says it so well, (this one scripture has saturated my heart this whole week). "For in him we live and move and have our being". The saturation of God's Word in our lives brings us to that place of peace and comfort that cannot be found any other way.
Sometimes early in the mornings,(this morning it was 4 am), I am awakened with a scripture on my mind, or a song of worship rolling off my lips. I have to get up and I go to my prayer room (the living room) and just talk to the Lord or just meditate on His Word.
This saturation of His Word and Presence is what sustains me in the hard times. I can't live without it. No matter what circumstances we may face, or what trials we must endure the saturation His Word and of His presence will help you overcome.
The Word is life, truth, and joy; let it saturate you to overflowing that you may be a catalyst, and a beacon of God's love and hope to others.
I love God's Word! Like the rain I want it to wash over me until I am Saturated!