The plants on the shelf above the bathtub are drooping again. I thought that when I placed them in the bathroom, near the open-topped shower stall, that all the humidity in the air would make them thrive.
But it hasn’t been that easy. Either my husband and I are not taking enough showers, or humid air does not provide the right kind of moisture. Every few days, I need to fill a glass from the tap and toss water into the soil of the pots. That is all it takes for the stalks to bounce back and the ivies to turn a vibrant shade.
It seems like our walk with Jesus. Sometimes we hope that by listening to Christian radio, showing up at worship services and being around morally-sound friends, we will have enough “humidity” or “religion” in the air to help us thrive spiritually. Then we are disappointed when our faith droops.
We need Jesus at our very core. Abundantly. Not just enough to get by.
Once, my friend Peggy, who is allergic to gasoline and usually finds stations where full service is still available, got stuck in an unfamiliar part of Dallas.
She inadvertently filled her car with diesel fuel. Her Nissan conked dead about 500 yards out of the gas station. After a few days of running tests, technicians realized what had happened. Even cars need the right kind of fuel.
God, the ultimate gardener, wants to give you fuel to make you grow, a direct drink of the living water, right to your roots. “And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” (Isaiah 59:11)
Whether you get your water through prayer, through reading the Bible, through worship, through service or all of the above, honor yourself and your God by taking in the right fuel, the best drink. You will be like a watered garden, bouncing back resiliently and vibrantly.