Spiritual Hydration for Our Wilting Souls

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by Heather Bock

We have four hanging plants and some assorted potted plants in front and back, and in the Texas summer heat, these pretties need some regular attention. If they aren’t watered every day, their leaves start to droop, yellow, and fall off. If you look closely, you’ll see a few yellow leaves at the base of the flowering plants–those are the ones I haven’t pulled off yet. I like to dispose of incriminating evidence, you see. It used to be my job to give these plants a daily drink, but I find it easiest to grab the big watering can and hoist it and myself up to balance on top of the porch railing while I water. Yes, I’ve received a few laughs from passersby. Greg doesn’t like me doing it, though, for fear of the railing starting to crack and bend in ways that will require contractor work, so he’s decided to take on the watering job himself. The plants have been doing a little better since then.

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This was a beautiful arrangement of plants that I all but killed by neglect, but just this week the snapdragons have started blooming again! Try not to notice the graveyard beneath it.

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These succulents have done a lot better since they don’t need so much water, of course.

I notice these sometimes wilting plants as I sit on my front porch swing, a place I like to go to be alone and pray in the afternoons (I know–a crazy time to be out in that aforementioned Texas heat). And the plants are a reminder to me of a simple message.

On the last day of the Feast of Booths recorded in John 7, Jesus must have celebrated along with the others while the water taken from the pool of Siloam was poured into a silver basin on the altar, symbolizing thankfulness and request for God’s provision. After watching it, He cried out to all the people, as if He couldn’t hold in the true meaning of this symbol any longer, as the time for revealing had come. He cried, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water’” (Jn. 7:37-38).

Jesus gives us the Water of Life, the Holy Spirit, and this Water keeps us from going spiritually dry and limp. While the Holy Spirit ultimately gives us the water that keeps us from spiritual death–we’ll never fully go thirsty again (Jn. 4:13-14)–we need daily Water as well. When I don’t soak in the refreshing Word and talk and listen to the life-giving Savior, I wilt.

This doesn’t necessarily mean actually opening a Bible every day (which might sound shocking coming from a Bible study author, but think about people imprisoned without a Bible–there are other ways to focus on God’s words in times of need), although it certainly helps. If you place the words in your heart, they will come back to you on days you can’t go to them in traditional ways. Psalm 1:3 says that those who meditate and delight in the law of the Lord “will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.”

The leaves of your potted plants might wither if you forget to water them regularly, but I hope they’ll serve as reminders for you to make sure you’re well watered by the Spirit, firmly planted by His stream. I go to my front porch for my plants and my soul to have water–where do you go? I hope you’ll make sure your soul is watered today.

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I’m giving away one copy of Breaking up with Perfect that I reviewed on Sunday, although as I mentioned then, you’ll have to be ready to break up with perfect before you read it. The copy I received to give away came bent, so it’s not perfect!

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8 thoughts on “Spiritual Hydration for Our Wilting Souls

  1. Heather, I can’t believe you’re sitting outside in that hot Texas heat! :).
    I desperately need to be nourished and replenished from His Word and just time alone with Him. When I skip it, I can tell. Thanks for a great post!

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