Friday, May 2, 2014

Lessons from a Dead Lawn - Water

We are musing over the dead lawn that I have. We saw in Job 12:7 (HCSB) "But ask the animals, and they will instruct you; ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you." We then compared this verse with learning spiritual lessons from a lawn that had "winterkill." And in this, we considered the fact that when we allow the frost, snow, and ice of life, and the variance of being hot or cold for Jesus, we spiritually can experience winterkill. Not loss of salvation, but the loss of relationship and the beauty of it. We discovered to restore the lawn it would take me doing some things - rake, aeriate, seed, water, and wait. We have considered that the dead needs to be removed before the joy can be restored. The hardened ground (heart) needs to be aerated (plowed), the right seed applied, and today let us muse over the need to water.

To see the grass germinate and grow, I will need to water the lawn. Not once or twice, but often until it begins to grow. I thought of this being like the need to meditate upon God's Word. It is not enough for a joyful beautiful relationship with God to just spend a few moments reading His Word. We need to spend time throughout the entire day in communication with Him. We need to water the seeds He has planted when we read His word.

Joshua was instructed by God in Joshua 1:8 (NLT) - "Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do." Meditate on it day and night - water it constantly to see it grow. The Psalmist in Psalms 119:97 says, "How I love Your instruction! It is my meditation all day long." We need to take time to water the seeds of relationship that Christ plants in our hearts from His Word.

So, how do we meditate? Isn't that some mystical eastern religion thingy? No, mediation is simply a continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation on the subject or matter at hand. We need to take what God has planted in our hearts and spend time thinking and rethinking what He has said. An example would be found with Psalm 119:97 above. Spend time thinking on the words love, instruction, meditation, etc. Then consider the ideas of "your instruction," "my meditation," and "all day long." By taking time throughout the day to think on this one verse, we water the Word (seeds) that are planted in the raked and aerated soil (heart). Today, mediate upon Joshua 1:8, and be prepared for the final step that we will muse about on Monday.

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