A Lesson from a Wanna be Gardener
I was watering the grass this morning. If you do not live in the desert, it is hard to imagine (but easy to understand). In this part of the country if you do not water your grass, it dies. And it’s dead; it doesn’t just come back next season or when you remember to water it. One week of no sprinklers has done our kidney shaped patch of grass in the backyard serious damage. (We are still babying it, trying to coax it to live.)
But as I stood there mindlessly soaking the bald patches in our grass, I thought, “How funny.” No one would ever criticize you for daily caring for your garden (or grass in this instance). You wouldn’t say, well, I watered yesterday (or last week) so no worries.
But we do this all the time in our spiritual life. I rationalize that I can skip prayer this morning because I went to church last night. I’ll listen to Christian music on the way to work instead of reading my Bible this morning. But that daily soaking in of God’s Presence and Word is what keeps our spiritual life alive.
Maybe my grass could live on once-a-week water…maybe…but even if it did manage to limp along it would not be what grass is meant to be. It would be brown and dry and sparse instead of green and soft and full. That is the kind of grass worth having and thus, working to have.
Maybe my relationship with Jesus could survive being fed just on Sunday but it won’t be the rich relationship God has made it to be. It will be boring and cold and weak instead of vibrant and hot and strong. That is the kind of relationship worth enjoying and thus, worth pursuing.
“Blessed is the man who trusts the Lord,
And whose hope is in the Lord.
He shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
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