Humidifying your life with life-giving Holy Spirit | Worship

By Pastor Jeff Dutra, Mukilteo Forsquare Church | Mar 13, 2014

Another winter has nearly come and gone, and once again we’ve lived up to our reputation as the ‘rainy state.’

Although, you may be surprised at this little factoid: Washington isn’t the rainiest state. In fact, it’s not even in the top 10. Washington actually ranks as the 29th rainiest state.

Which state is No. 1? This may surprise you, but it’s sunny Hawaii. Kupaianaha! That’s Hawaiian for “surprising!”

I don’t know about you, but in spite of that fact, I could use a little Hawaii right about now, but I digress.

It may get wet here in Washington in the winter, but inside our homes it gets dry. The cold air causes us to turn on our heaters, which in turn removes moisture from the air.

This can ultimately cause health problems, which is why many people purchase humidifiers for their homes.

Not only can it cause health problems for us, but it can also cause health problems for an acoustic guitar, as I learned a couple weeks ago when I picked up my pretty, black Alvarez guitar to play it and discovered a huge crack running down the face of the guitar!

I thought, “What happened?!” What happened is that acoustic guitars may be beautiful instruments, but they can also be a bit temperamental.

They require an environment that maintains about 45 percent humidity, and if the humidity drops too far below that for an extended period of time, the wood can dry out and begin to crack, and the face of the guitar can get depressed, and this can lead to all kinds of problems.

When I saw that crack, I was sick to my stomach. I thought the guitar was ruined. However, after doing some research I discovered that I could actually fix the crack by humidifying the guitar.

So, I made my own guitar humidifier, installed it in the sound hole, and placed it in the controlled environment of its own case. Each day, I would moisten the humidifier with water and re-install it, and the wood of the guitar would soak in the water vapors, and little by little the crack would begin to close up.

After about two weeks of giving my guitar a little TLC, I am happy to say that the humidity was restored, the crack in my guitar closed up, the surface depression that was in the face of the guitar went away, and now she is back to making beautiful music once again.

So, what does all this have to do with our lives? We are like that guitar, formed and crafted by the hand of God to fill the world with the beautiful sound of His love and grace.

However, the environment in which we live can be cold and harsh, and over time it can dry us out spiritually and emotionally; cracks of bitterness, discouragement and even depression can begin to form, our playability in the hands of God can diminish, and the tone of our lives can become flat.

So what’s the solution? We need to humidify our lives with the life-giving Holy Spirit.

Scripture uses water as a metaphor for the Holy Spirit, and in John 7:38-39 Jesus said, “Let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’ (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were going to receive...)”.

Maybe you find yourself in a place of feeling dry, discouraged or even depressed.

Jesus invites you to turn to Him for restoration and renewal, and as you do, He will come alongside you through every trial you face; He will fill you with the Holy Spirit, and restore your soul.

So, place yourself in the Master’s hands, and as you do you’ll become an instrument that He can use to fill the world with beautiful music.

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