"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater." Isaiah 55:10 (NIV)
On my back deck I have two identical flower pots. They were planted at the same time. They contain the same variety of flowers and the same soil. They both get the same amount of water, shade, and sun. They are similar in every way but they look vastly different.
One is thriving.
The other is not.
One is full of flowers cascading down its sides. It is lush, full of blooms, and an absolute delight to look at.
The other has a few flowers among the greenish brownish leaves. It is sparse with a few gangly sprigs — not exactly a gardener's delight.
So, I asked my husband the other night why he thought the two containers were turning out so differently. "Simple," he said, "one's got holes so excess water can leak out and the other doesn't."
The one that has the ability to leak out excess water is the one that's thriving.
The one keeping all the water in its container is the one that's not such a beautiful display.
This morning I was reading Isaiah 55:10-13 and it made me think of my flower pot situation.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
Water is supposed to be poured out, create growth, and leak out so it can evaporate, having accomplished what it was created to do.
It was never supposed to be poured out, sit stagnate, hoarded by the container thus stunting the growth of life within.
So like God's Word.
God's Word should be poured out into our lives, creating growth, and leak out through the way we live our lives. People should notice we've spent time in God's Word. They should see our joy and peace.
We should be a little less prickly like the thorn bush and briers. We should be a little more fragrant and lovely like the juniper and myrtle.
We should leak God's Word.
Which got me thinking about how I respond to criticism and harsh emails. And I am challenged.
It's not enough for me to just respond properly when I am criticized. I should use those criticisms to remind me how much the world is desperate for encouragement.
I should be a little more leaky with positive emails or notes or thank yous to the businesses and ministries and staff members of my church who bless me week after week after week.
I'm not one to criticize. But I also shouldn't be one to stay neutral and stagnant either.
In order to be the grand display of God I should be, I need to be, more holy...or holey as this case may be.
Be a little leaky this week sweet friends. The one that leaks is the one that thrives.
Dear Lord, forgive me for the time I've been stagnate. I want Your Word to leak out of me so others see peace and joy. Use me today Lord as I seek to respond to others in a way that always pleases You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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Where can you be a little more leaky this week? Are your daily responses pleasing to God? Or are there areas in your heart that may have grown complacent or despondent?
The one that has the ability to leak out excess water is the one that's thriving. The one keeping all the water in its container is the one that's not such a beautiful display.
Which am I right now?
Psalm 42:1, "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God." (NIV)
Psalm 63:1, "O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water." (NIV)
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