“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John 4:14
I was cleaning our kitchen yesterday.
With four children this is almost an everyday occurrence. If not, dishes tend to pile up and creates a chaotic leaning tower of Pisa sort of mess. Anyway, I digress…As I was washing off dishes and putting them into our dishwasher, I looked up at the windowsill and noticed our non-thriving plants. They were all dead. We might make excuses about these dead plants. Perhaps we might say that they are simply dormant in the winter. Or maybe they just needed to be pruned back for the season. A few more excuses come to mind, but in reality these plants are simply dead. They were once promising green, thriving plants in pots and sun lamps. Many on the cusp of producing some sort of fruit or vegetable. Yet, due to our travel schedule and our lack of green thumbs, they have shriveled up and were husks of their former living selves.
I am reminded that this is a living parable (pun intended)…for myself. I feel as if the Lord teaches us through the world around us – like my plant pots holding dead things in them. Caskets containing death instead of nourished soil of growth. I am drawn to this life lesson. It is something simplistic and yet stark in its reminder to me. For I am sometimes this casket containing death, when I should be a vessel containing life.
In my prayer life…
My un-uttered words.
my parched lips and forgotten promises to God.
My prayer life can look like husks of its former self.
Dehydrated out of lack of spiritual water and nourishment.
Neglected and empty.
How many times have I forgotten to go back to the Living Water?
How many times have I gotten so busy in the concerns, fears, transitions and schedules of life that I have simply left my conversations to God to go fallow life I harvested fields? And before I know it, the once rich, dark vibrant soil is now cracked and as dry as bones in a desert. From this neglect enters apathy, harsh words spoken out of frustration and shallow roots.
Have you stood on this fallow ground?
Is this you? I know that I have found my shamed identity here.
what are the conversations that you have neglected with God? He desires to nourish your life again.
He longs to shine on the soul-soil and help you grow once more.
I am convicted here.
I find myself licking my parched, cracked lips in longing for that Living Water once more. I feel the guilt and shame of leaving Him out of my life…and I must seek Him out again. I must return to His living water and replenish my mind, body, soul.
Dear Lord, create in me a clean heart once more.
Renew in my a right spirit again.
Re-hydrate my broken, crumble soil.
I long to find rest and rejuvenation in you anew.
Re-ignite your passion and compassion in me.
Take away the casket of death and flood my heart with life and love.
Here I am, spark in me the joy of your salvation once again.
Lord, bring your Living Waters once more.
Something more to ponder today.
Be Blessed and thrive not just survive!
You equate being spiritually parched with your prayer life, or lack thereof. Why is that? I’d be interested to know.
For me personally my spiritual life has been greatly enhanced through meditation, which could be akin to prayer, but without the perceived forced piety that prayer sometimes brings with it. I also feel closer to God when I am in fellowship with other believers. This probably explains why I felt so abandoned by the Church when I was not accepted for who I am.
I guess I would contend that the experience of each person is different as is our perspective on topics like prayer and our visual concepts of said topic. I’m glad you find a deep connection with God in such a way.
This may sound like an excuse and perhaps it is. God gave my basic personality and it is not contemplative….but rather action oriented. I do better than I be…I have heard of fellow officers going away for a weekend of prayer and meditation…or out in the woods with their Bible for the day…
I have given thought to such endeavors but so far during my first 76 years of life it hasn’t happened. I pray often but only regarding certain needs. I always seek to remain open to God’s leading but thus far deep contemplation has not bee my forte