Last year, the Atacama Desert, renowned as the driest place on earth, received an unusual amount of rain. Seeds lying dormant in the sand for years suddenly sprang to life. The empty landscape was transformed into a garden of astonishing beauty.
Viewed from God’s perspective, humankind is a dry desert, lacking the one essential ingredient for spiritual growth, His Holy Spirit. But His plan, as announced through Isaiah would be to send “rain.”
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams. This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s,’ another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ and name himself by the name of Israel.” (Isaiah 44:3 -5)
As promised by Jesus, on the day of Pentacost, those “rains” came. They are still falling, and are available to any “dry and dormant seed” who will trust Jesus.