Once again, my mother came over and helped me pot a few plants this year in the hope that blooms will happen and a little color will come alive on my front porch.
One of my children commented that he’d give it a month before they were dead. He knows that a “green thumb” is not one of my talents.
Anyhow, as I was watering the plants the other day, I realized I had forgotten to water them the day before.
Except that I hadn’t really forgotten. I had just assumed they had gotten enough water to get them through and could skip a day.
(Yes, I do realize this could be the very reason I don’t have a green thumb.)
But you know what? They couldn’t make it one day without water.
The blooms were all droopy and sad looking. My daughter and I rushed to offer a little life-saving water to them, and I prayed that my son’s projection wouldn’t come through as it had only been 2 weeks.
I couldn’t help but think about the comparison of how much our lives need watering every single day.
The plants need good soil, plant food, water, and sun to grow. And they really need water! Lots of it! Even skipping one day can cause them to lose their luster and face downward instead of facing up and showing their glory.
Our lives are the same. We need to have our lives planted and grounded in good soil, solid bible teaching and a community of believers.
We need to nourish ourselves with quality food, the word of God.
Sun is not only important to our physical health in supplying much needed Vitamin D, I believe sunshine is a little happiness in our lives. And we all need to have good friends that we can laugh with and find some joy in the everyday moments of life.
However, water is the most important thing we need – not only physical intake of water, but the Living Water – Jesus Christ.
When Jesus talks to the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-26), he says this:
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spirit of water welling up to eternal life.”
He is the water. He is the supplier of all our needs.
Plants must endure the hardships of the weather – wind, heavy rain, scorching heat.
In comparison, our lives are also full of hardships. Unexpected things can take the wind out of us. The heavy rain of responsibilities and the dailyness of them can cause us to grow weary. And there are times it feels the scorching circumstances will never come to end.
But we press on. We keep tending to our lives. Keep praying, keep studying the Word. And when our lives begin to droop like my flowers did, we keep going to the Living Water and ask Him to refill us.
We stay connected in community and with family/friends. We risk being vulnerable with people we trust to gain friendships and grow relationships. We stay the course of doing the right thing and giving thanks in the middle of difficult circumstances.
If we do these things, our lives will bloom. Does it mean we will never face harsh elements? No, it simply means that we must pay attention to our lives. Look for areas that are drooping or threatening to die. What do we need to revive them? (unless of course, they need to die off but that is a whole ‘nother post! ?)
Rest? Coffee with a friend? Time in prayer and solitude? A good bible study? A good laugh?
What is it that you need in your life right now to begin blooming again?
I am happy to report that after my one “droopy incident” with my flowers, I have watered them every day and much to my surprise (and my family’s too), they are actually blooming and bringing so much beauty to my home and to my life.
Water your life with the Word and bloom!