“The Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your soul in scorched and dry places… you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 55:11
The spindly, pale green plant drooped extra every single day as it struggled to survive in the shadow of stronger, taller greenery in the exact same massive pot. Lastly, assuming that I couldn’t inflict extra harm than what was apparent, I gently tugged it out of its spot, brushed off the dry roots, re-potted it in an old chipped coffee mug and placed it on a windowsill to catch morning light.
Did the drooping plant look straighter in just a couple of days? Have been pale leaves gradually turning a wealthy, deep green? Was it just my imagination that this compact cutting reached toward the sun when I turned the pot?
Just like the weak plant, we as well struggle when we reside in the shadows. At times we wither when in the presence of sturdy, multi-talented, energetic Christians, thinking of ourselves so small and so much less in comparison. At times unwise choices, unconfessed sin, poor alternatives, or relationships that harm our view of God and of ourselves block out the sun—the Son. We have forgotten that He is the Light that provides life. He is the Living Water that soaks into drought-stricken souls.
Just as I often turn that old coffee mug with its compact sprout toward the sun, so we will have to often and intentionally turn to the Son. Bask in his really like, drink of his really like, accept his really like. Feed often on the nutrients from his Word, the Bible. Don’t forget that he says,
“I’ve never ever quit loving you and never ever will. Anticipate really like, really like and extra really like!” Jeremiah 31:three (The Message)
By Marilyn Ehle
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