“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 more each day as it struggled to survive in the shadow of stronger, taller greenery in the same large pot. Finally, assuming that I couldn’t inflict more damage 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 seem straighter in just a few days? Were pale leaves slowly turning a rich, deep green? Was it just my imagination that this small cutting reached toward the sun when I turned the pot?
Just like the weak plant, we too struggle when we live in the shadows. Sometimes we wither when in the presence of strong, multi-talented, energetic Christians, considering ourselves so little and so less in comparison. Sometimes unwise decisions, unconfessed sin, poor choices, or relationships that damage our view of God and of ourselves block out the sun—the Son. We have forgotten that He is the Light that gives life. He is the Living Water that soaks into drought-stricken souls.
Just as I regularly turn that old coffee mug with its small sprout toward the sun, so we must regularly and intentionally turn to the Son. Bask in his love, drink of his love, accept his love. Feed regularly on the nutrients from his Word, the Bible. Remember that he says,
“I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love and more love!” Jeremiah 31:3 (The Message)
By Marilyn Ehle
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