– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
The other evening I was arranging some flowers that had been picked from our garden. After choosing the “perfect” vase, I cut the bottom of each flower on a slant, so the water would be absorbed well. I had done my best to place the various heights and colors of the flowers and was pleased with the result. They looked beautiful!
… but by the next morning, several of the fresh flowers had already wilted. It didn’t take long to discover why. In the midst of choosing the right vase, putting the right flowers together, and cutting the stems just so, I had forgotten to put water into the vase. Yes, water! Of course, the flowers could not survive.
So I filled the vase with water and a few hours later the flowers once again stood tall. They had the nourishment that their thirsty blooms needed.
Nourishment for the soul
I am reminded of how easy it is to choose a healthy breakfast in the morning while overlooking vital nourishment for the soul. When this happens to me, I end up being spent long before the end of a busy day.
You may have several small children to care for today or a difficult assignment at work. Your spouse might be ill, or perhaps the grandkids are coming to visit. We really don’t know all that’s ahead of us.
While we sure don’t know the future, I do know the one who offers peace and calm. The one who holds the future in his very able hands. “As the deer pants for streams of water,” says Psalm 42:1, “so my soul pants for you, my God.”
And Psalm 107:9 tells us that “he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
I don’t want to be wilted today. What about you?
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