For the past week I have been watering my neighbor's plants. Her flowers and ferns are stunning. Each little garden had a station with its assigned watering can. As the temperatures reached into the 80's, I knew these blooming creations craved water. As I filled up the can this afternoon preparing to pour a refreshing amount into these thirsty plants, I pondered the great desire in all of us for God's Word.
I pictured times I was a kid in school dehydrated from the playground and in line at the cold oasis of a water fountain. I imagined that first gulp from my water bottle after a hard workout. I thought about how thirsty and needy I am when I've been out in the hot summer sun. These flowers made it through the heat of the day and to their delight I began to pour excessive amount of water flowing deep down into their roots.
Is life not the same? We wake up each day prepared to seek God and serve Him with our lives and as the minutes and hours move by, we again become dried out by the heat of the world around us, aching for what only His Living Water can sustain. We rely on Him fully to provide our needs, take care of us, and tend to the root of our desires and survival. The moment we open the Bible, His words overflow into the crevices of our dry bones and scorched souls from the day's battle. We are suddenly awakened with joy and relief of new hope and strength.
Spending time with the Lord in His Word is not always exhilarating, it is a discipline. Although some days are easier on the plant, this does not ignore the need for daily nourishment. When we receive to our roots the messages and promises of Scripture, God's word can absolutely astound us, grow us, and shape us how the Gardener intends as He pours His love letter of the Bible over our daily lives.
And may we not forget that the flower not only needs the water, but also the sun to grow. This world is full of trials, but wherever you are today know that the heat on your life is an opportunity to be all the more grateful for the Living Water He gives each day. Nothing is wasted.
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