It was dry, very dry. Each day, the farmer walked past his dam which was no more than wall and a dusty dent in the ground. Each day he prayed for rain and wondered when it would come. The empty dam seemed to mirror the way way he felt inside – empty.
After many weeks of walking past the empty dam, instead of complaining, he stopped and looked at the dam with a new perspective. When the dam was full, all he could see was water. Now that it was empty, he could see how much silt had washed in and how much debris littered the bottom of the dam. He also noticed places where the wall needed repair. So instead of grumbling, he got busy. He cleared the silt and debris and repaired the wall so that when the dam filled, it could function at capacity and have little chance of failure.
You may find yourself empty, wondering if you will ever be filled to capacity again. Instead of complaining, take the time to do repairs. Clean out the debris that has collected in your life over the years so that when the rain comes, you will be able to easily contain everything God sends your way.
2 Corinthians 13:5-9 MSG
Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won’t show that we have failed. But if it comes to that, we’d rather the test showed our failure than yours. We’re rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn’t possibly do otherwise. We don’t just put up with our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of the truth in you. We pray hard that it will all come together in your lives.