by Rebecca Barlow Jordan
For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:9 NLT.
A few years ago I bought a new plant called an Ornamental Mustard. It has beautiful leaves, such pretty colors–different from anything I owned. I wasn’t sure where to plant it, but I knew I’d find a place for it.
New plants always perk up the garden, especially when some things are fading. I found a temporary spot on the back porch, until I decided on its permanent home. But I forgot something vital about that plant. In fact, it’s a fairly general principle about gardening, one that’s crucial to a gardener’s success: Plants get thirsty; they need water.
Three days later I looked out the window at my mustard plant sunning on the back porch. I had forgotten to water it. The sun, wind, and rising temperatures had sucked the life from my mustard plant. The leaves drooped so low, they sagged on the hot concrete. Plants can die without water. And just one drink won’t suffice. I could water it today. But the next day, if left in the hot sun–especially if it’s not rooted yet–that plant will need another long, cool splash of water.
In the same way, it’s so easy for us to think we can survive without a daily spiritual drink from God and His Word. I prayed once last week. I did read a chapter in the Bible last year. Been a little busy lately.
Disappointments arrive at our door; harsh winds blow; relationships dry up, and suddenly we’re dehydrated. Last month or last year’s drink didn’t last. We need spiritual refreshment daily. I’m not talking about the Living Water God gives us–our salvation. God has given us life in the Spirit to us as believers.
This is about everyday life. God waits daily for us, eager to refresh our spirit, body, and soul. I am not suggesting we meet with Him because of a sense of guilt or duty. Whether we spend five minutes or five hours alone in His presence is not the issue. Depending on the season of our lives, that time may vary.
But I can testify to this: when we are aware of an extreme thirst to the point of spiritual dehydration, we will run daily, not walk, to Jesus. And we’ll hold cupped, outstretched, hands for Him to fill to overflowing.
And the next day, we’ll want to drink again, because we know our survival depends on it. I don’t mean if we skip our daily “quiet time,” we won’t make it through the day. God is more interested in relationship than in rule-keeping. Our eternal destiny is not the issue. But we do need daily spiritual refreshment and fellowship with Him.
The more we spend time with Jesus, the more we’ll want to again—and again. Because the more we come to Him, the more we will be filled. And the more we drink, the more “vitality” we will experience. Our spirits need daily, spiritual refreshment to thrive.
God’s Word is both our fertilizer and our sprinkler system. And His Spirit is eager to refresh us daily with life-giving water as we communicate heart to heart. He is the only true Thirst-Quencher. And we need Him daily!
About the author: Rebecca Barlow Jordan is a day-voted follower of Jesus who loves to paint encouragement on the hearts of others. She has authored and contributed to over 20 books and written over 2000 articles, greeting cards, and other inspirational pieces. Rebecca also loves gardening, visiting with her children and grandchildren, reading great fiction, and fishing with her husband. Find Rebecca and her encouraging blog at www.rebeccabarlowjordan.com.
Rebecca’s latest book, Mornings with Jesus 2019, will help you experience a closer relationship with Jesus. It’s full of inspiring, lasting motivation, and provides spiritual nourishment that will fill you with hope and direction.