"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


A Plundered Soul

I know I'm not the only one who feels dry sometimes, like I'm missing the refreshment the Lord promises us. We know it's there--for God promises that if we only taste, we will see that He is good (Psalm 34:8). And sometimes, it's as easy as heartfelt prayer, or a journey into His precious Word.

But that's not always the case. Sometimes, it seems nothing will work. And I've wondered about times like this. And as I was reading my Bible last week, I came across a possible, intriguing, answer.

Do not rob the poor because he is poor, nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;
for the LORD will plead their cause, and plunder the soul of those who plunder them. Proverbs 22:22-23
The Lord, if he is displeased with us (in this particular instance, about our treatment of the less fortunate), will  sometimes plunder a person's soul. And I certainly know what that feels like. Empty. Hopeless. Powerless.

But I also know that the Lord does NOT want His children to stay that way. He wants us  to live our lives to the fullest. He wants our souls to be filled with Him. And nothing can bring us closer to Him than realizing the depth of our need. And, perhaps a plundered soul is what we need.

So, we turn to Him and repent. We turn it all around. And again, He refills our spirit with what He took. And again we can taste how good He is.

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. Love your pictures of dryness and the time of refreshing. Nothing seems better than a watermelon in the desert! :O)


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