It’s late September, the weather’s cooler and I’ve fooled myself into thinking all those plants and flowers don’t need water anymore. The night comes faster now, my belly’s just too big, and by the end of the day, I’m at my own end…not willing to go out and give the plants what they need.
In the middle of the day, I pass by the plants in a hurry-preschoolers running in front of me and toddler wagging behind, trying to catch up. And I notice them there, wilting.
My boy memorizes Psalm 1 this month and Jason comments how much better our garden would grow if it were beside a stream. We think of our withering plants and remember how much Scripture points to the EVERYDAY-ness of faith. His descriptions of our need don’t compare so much with necessities that rise every once and again, but rather the ones that are continually before us-like water and sun to a plant, bread to the hungry stomach, and water to a traveler’s filthy feet.
He tells us we need Him in the everyday of everyday.
I don’t think twice about the daily necessities-washing hands and feet and faces, serving and eating good food, lying down to rest at night. Life just can’t be lived without these daily doings. And shouldn’t I feel a day is not a day if I don’t let Him feed me with His Word, calm me and direct me in prayer, and wash me in His forgiveness for the sins of the moment?
I go to bed weary that night, promising I’ll water the plants in the morning. But I wake to water dripping off the leaves. As I slept, He came and watered for me-making up for my neglect with more than a hose could offer. I open the Bible, slide down to pray, and ask for my daily supply from Him. And all it takes is this-stopping to listen and look and wait-and there’s a stream full of water, a banquet table of bread, and a green pasture for rest. All I need for this day is all He’s given-right here, just like fresh rain fallen.
Want encouragement to drink from God in Scripture today? Listen and learn this hymn from Sojourn’s Before the Throne album. I love the lyrics and love to sing as I open my Bible-”We are listening to Your Word.” This is HIS Word! And we really can’t live a day without it…
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We are Listening
Father, I long to be wise, to see with new eyes
The truth that was written by your hand,
Father speak your truth into me, Because I still believe
You will help me understand.
And we are listening to Your Word.
Morning and evening we come
To delight in the words of our God
Give us eyes to see
Give us faith to hear
That the Word has come
That the Word is here
Father I long to see Christ
the Truth and New Life
The Word that Made the Universe
Now I believe
I have been set free
By the Word that lived and died for me.
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