Hot Dry Summer
We had another hot summer in Huntley Montana this year. I had to wake up early to water my vegetable garden and my flower beds. I enjoy these times. The early morning is cool and quiet. It is an opportunity to spend time with my Lord Jesus.
It is so satisfying when I open the water faucet and water sprays out over the flowers and vegetables. Droplets of water rest on each leaf. My plants look so cool and refreshed. Daily watering is important. If I missed a day my flowers didn't shine with as much glory.
Isn't it wonderful how the Lord teaches us through the simplest things in life? I realized while watering one morning that this water is similar to the Word of God.
There were times when we had to leave for a couple of days and I was unable to water my garden friends. When I returned home my garden looked dry, dusty and even dirty. My plants looked neglected.
But when I returned to my regular watering schedule my vegetables and flowers revived. Again they looked healthy, hardy and beautiful.
As Christians we need Word watering every day. This is how our Heavenly Father keeps us fresh and healthy. Reading the Bible is not just reading. It is a God ordained opportunity to connect with heaven. We receive refreshment and we receive nourishment from the Word. When Paul explains how Husbands should care for their wives he uses Jesus' example. Notice how Jesus washes us, the church, through His Word.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:25-26 (NKJV)
In the Gospel of John, Jesus met a Samaritan woman and described His Water. The Word of the Lord offers everlasting refreshment. (I encourage you to read the whole story.)
Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:9-14 (NKJV)
Jesus offers us Living Water every day. We need to receive our water though. Like my flowers we need to put our sweet faces into the Living Waters of His Word every day.
If you don't have a desire for the Word then pray for a desire. God is faithful. Start small and let God do the rest. Soon you will be a lovely flower in God's garden.