An old friend recently joined my family for dinner. It’s been quite some time since we had seen one another, so I thought it was only fitting to pull out all of the stops. This was a woman who would gladly watch my young ones so hubby and I could have a night out. This was a woman who fed us when I was too exhausted to cook. I would say she was deserving of a special meal. I made short ribs with a cranberry orange glaze, shrimp dip, braised kale with ham, and herbed roasted potatoes.
My friend so thoughtfully brought over a vibrant bouquet of flowers. I absolutely love flowers! It is an opportunity for me to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without having to actually step outdoors. Don’t judge me! The bugs and I have a mutual understanding. The flowers lasted almost two full weeks. Considering the fact that I am not at all savvy when it comes to anything green, I am pretty impressed with myself.
While looking at the flowers sitting in their temporary vase home for who knows how much longer, I was really in awe of their stamina. The’ve been completely cut from their roots yet they’re still thriving. Roots are of extreme importance for plants because they transport nutrients and water from the soil. Without the roots the flower will eventually stop taking in water altogether. Roots also help the plant to stay put when the rain comes.
I examined my flowers a bit more closely and to my dismay I noticed some browning. In fact, I ended up having to toss some stems out so as not to taint the others. Toxicity breeds toxicity.
I find that this process parallels our relationship with Christ, especially once we allow the distractions of life to cut us off from communing with God. We have just enough of God’s word stored up to allow us to look lovely on the outside, while inside we are wasting away. Before long, our not feeding ourselves begins to show by way of disinterest, lack of patience, depression or worse. When the storms of life pummel us, we have nothing to sustain us and we simply give up.
My friends we cannot allow ourselves to starve. Partake of your daily bread. Drink from the Living Water and you will never thirst again. A consistent relationship with the Lord will keep you well nourished.
but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”
Instead, help us Heavenly Father to make time for you so that we can blossom and produce fruitDrown out the all of the distractions of life so that your voice will be magnified and glorified. In Jesus’ holy, righteous, and matchless name. Amen!