Drinking the Dew
(from the Sheep Tales Series)
by Lygia Lovelace
favorite time of day is early morning. I love watching the
sun come up as I read my Bible. Getting up while it is still
dark, I open the blinds to the window beside my "meeting
place." The Father is already there, ready and waiting
for our time together. The birds are already there, too,
outside the window, already feeding on the seed we have
set out for them in our milk jug feeders.
in this early morning, it is also my time to feed, and to
drink from the Living Water. God has His message for the
day, set out for me, ready to be devoured.
I read and pray, the sun starts to rise. I am ready for
a new day. (Wasn't it just the night before when I was so
exhausted that I didn't even want to think about another
after drinking the dew, I'm ready.
it is the children's time. All is quiet in the house. As
I go to wake them, I know it's hard for them to get up.
After all, it is still mostly dark. It's cold in the early
morning. I know their beds are warm. In order to wake them,
sometimes I have to pull their blankets completely off of
them just to get them out of bed…
it's important for them to drink the dew, like me. I want
to teach them to drink the dew.
just not a better way to start the day.
you know that early morning is the best time for a sheep
to feed? As you may remember, I have been studying and pondering
the habits, personalities, and tending of sheep over these
past weeks. There are so many similarities to the believer
that the Lord is God.
It is He who made us, and we are His: we are His people,
the sheep of His pasture.
just want to be a sheep.
the shepherd releases the sheep to pasture very early in
the morning then there is dew on the grass, ready and waiting
for the sheep's attention. Not only do the sheep get their
fill of the lush green fields, but they get water in plenty
to quench their thirst. The dew is a special treat for the
sheep. It is their favorite time of day to feed!
other times of day can be sufficient -- the fields are still
there, the pastures are plentiful with nourishment, but
there's just nothing like the early morning to refresh and
few years ago, a preteen girl started coming to our home
Bible study. She listened with interest to the Bible stories
and discussions we had. She didn't contribute much to the
conversation, but I knew she was paying attention. She began
to ask for the "take-home Bible studies," and
it wasn't long before her mother showed up at our door,
wanting to discuss her daughter's new habit.
so hungry -- that's the only way I know how to describe
it! She's hungry for the Word of God. At night before she
goes to bed, I see her with her Bible in hand, sitting at
her desk, reading. In the early morning, she is up before
school, looking into the Word."
shames me so! I used to care…I used to read my Bible. I
don't know what happened -- I got busy, I've been just…worn
out by the demands on my life… You know, my husband doesn't
go to church or read his Bible, so I just stopped reading
I want to be like my daughter. I want to be hungry for the
Word! I've decided I'm going to read my Bible more!"
story is told of a missionary who preached the Gospel through
an interpreter in another country. In one village an old
native man with poor eyesight hobbled up to the missionary,
begging to see his Book. Puzzled, the man of God handed
the old man his Bible, knowing it wasn't in the language
of these people. The man thumbed through the Word, looking
upon each page he turned. Then, carefully, he pulled out
of his clothing 2 worn pages from a Book -- yellowed with
age, and in faded print. The pages were torn and ragged
from constant use. The old man handed these pages to the
missionary recognized the pages right away! Though he couldn't
read them, he knew that they were pages from the Bible --
in the language of the people he was currently serving.
years ago, these pages were found containing the Words you
spoke about today," the old man told the interpreter.
He motioned for the interpreter to tell the missionary what
he was saying.
people have studied these two pages. We have memorized them,
and we try to live by them, because we recognize these Words
as something true, something real."
tears flowing down his dark and wrinkled skin, he looked
into the missionary's eyes.
have walked many miles to see if your Book is the same as
my pages. It is! Finally I have found the Book! Do you have
the rest of this Book in our language? Oh, how I have prayed
to read the rest of this Story! Oh, how I want to teach
my people the Words of this God before I die."
the missionary did have what the old man desperately wanted!
The man took the Book joyfully, knowing it was a treasure
worth more than gold! Immediately he turned to go back to
his village. Perhaps he could get there by morning! Perhaps
his people could drink the dew with the early light of day!
Finally, he could give his people what they really needed.
Word of God.
I walk into the Bible class full of teens each week, I pray
for wisdom, and perseverance. Discouragement threatens to
overtake me. How do I communicate the importance of this
Word? Most of these young people are there only because
they've been brought. I know that. I see the boredom on
their faces. Their assignments are not done. They don't
know what they're missing…
what they hold in their hands is a treasure! A lifetime
of miles have been traversed to find this Book! Wars have
been fought over the message that their Books contain! Lives
have been given for the Truth of this Word! Prisoners and
people from foreign lands have yearned for the very Words
that these youth scorn and neglect, and just don't care
precious youth, do you really know Him, the Author of this
Book? Oh, dear parents, are you committed to leading your
children to drink the dew every morning? Is it more important
to you than sleep, school obligations, or entertainment?
The Word of God contains the nourishment that we need! It
has the answers to life that your young ones, your lambs,
will hunger for throughout their lives here on earth. We
must teach them to look for those answers in the right place!
It is crucial, vital, that they feed on His Word and His
Way. His is the only Way.
it is a discipline for the shepherd to awaken. It is not
easy to get up before the early morning light and lead the
sheep to pasture. We will talk more about this next time,
as we learn the truth of "mothering-up" the sheep.
if you drink the dew then you will know.
You are my God, early will I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry
and weary land,
where there is no water.
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