Our neighbor’s front yard is a covered in patches of brown grass and dirt, with a smattering of faded green shrubs. Only those plants familiar with drought conditions and tough enough to withstand months with just hints of moisture remain.
Each morning as I drive past the desert-like yard I can’t help but wonder what causes a family to discontinue watering their yard. Could it be busyness, fatigue, laziness, or necessity?
In this case, the root cause of a lawn that’s light brown in color—with the surrounding dirt replicating sheets of cement—is due to the fact that spending money on the amount of water it takes to keep a yard green and flourishing is simply out of the question. Something had to be released from the budget, and electricity, gasoline, and food took precedence over green grass and a budding garden.
I was quick to realize the implication this scene has on my own life. That which I fail to water will dry up, fade, and wither.
Scripture says, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” John 7:38. So I had to ask myself, what am I failing to water in my life and what am I feeding and watering that needs to be parched and starved?
Are my relationships needing nutrition? Any relationship worth keeping requires time and effort. Relationships also require communication. In order to nourish my relationship with my husband, he needs my attention unless I don’t plan on staying married. If I don’t plan daily connections with my spouse, such as a movie night, or if I sit in front of my computer instead of next to my mate, we will begin to grow apart as opposed to growing together. Those relationships that need less watering are the virtual relationships I have made via Facebook. I need to spend less time in the virtual world and spend time in face to face encounters with girlfriends.
Is my spiritual growth dry? Am I heaping gallons of water on my desire to please others because of the need for affirmation, instead of affirming my identity in Christ by reading his Word? I need to remind myself that working at a church and serving in a ministry cannot take the place of spending time reading the Bible, meditating on scripture, and putting into practice that which I learn.
When I continually douse bucketfuls of water on my selfish desires, I still feel dry. Instead I need to make moment by moment choices to give breath, life, and water, to those areas in my life which are pleasing to God, and surrender that which has been soaked and over watered.
Where is your drought? In what area of your life are the sprinklers failing to water?