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Years ago when I lived in Florida, I remember driving to Orlando on a business trip and stopping to see a disaster in the making. Without warning a giant sinkhole had developed in a populated section of town. Well over 200 feet across, it was swallowing lawn furniture, pavement and some expensive automobiles. It was deep and big!

Topography experts tell us that sinkholes occur when underground springs or drainage systems are compromised by erosion or drought. "The chemical weathering and dissolution of limestone or dolomite, the two most common carbonate rocks in Florida, can cause the earth to weaken and collapse into what is known as a sinkhole."1

To outward appearances it usually comes without warning. One day everything looks fine, then suddenly the earth gives way.

Spiritual Sinkholes

If we allow the inner streams of our hearts to dry up, spiritual sinkholes and disasters will occur. Over time, almost imperceptibly, our faith weakens and becomes susceptible to moral collapse.

If we are receptive, Jesus promises to fill us with Living Water: "But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life" (John 4:14).

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By Rich DuBose. Copyright © 2013 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE ®

1 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Website.

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