Read: 1 Peter 4:12-19
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season…”
Psalm 1:1-3a NASB
Watering plants is innately relaxing. Now imagine that you’re blessed enough to have the job I found myself with: four hours a day watering all the plants for a local nursery.
Of course, not every plant needed to be watered every day. Some of them (particularly the trees) could go a couple of days without any trouble. There were, however, a few which would readily have taken water twice a day. These were the evergreens.
If you’ve ever tried to raise an evergreen, you know that it is an exceptionally needy plant. If they don’t get enough nutrients, their waxy green needles turn a brittle brown. If they don’t get enough sunlight, their waxy green needles turn a brittle brown. If they don’t get enough water, their waxy green needles turn a brittle brown.
If, however, you provide your evergreen with all of these ingredients, it will stay a vibrant green or blue even through the hardest winter freeze, the strongest winds, or the deepest floods.
What’s my point? As Christians, we often encounter difficulties and find ourselves asking why we aren’t weathering them any better than our unsaved friends. We know that in Christ we are “ever green”, but we just aren’t capable of demonstrating that level of resilience… and wonder what went wrong.
The truth is that, much like evergreens, if we get the proper care and nourishment through Bible reading, prayer, and fellowship with other believers, we show forth God’s glory even in the toughest circumstances. But if we don’t… watch out! If you want to withstand the storm, you have to take time to prepare for it.
Challenge: Are you spending enough time with God? Your willingness to do so now can make a big difference in your ability to face life’s challenges in the future. Take the time, this week, to carefully examine your spiritual practices and make adjustments where necessary!