4 08 2014

My roses are looking kind of droopy. We have had a great summer – plenty of rain and not too terribly hot. A few weeks ago, my roses were thriving. Red and yellow blooms looked like jewels against a lush green background. Today the green has kind of faded and the blooms are gone. The rose bushes look a little beaten up, a little worse for the wear, and just a little sad. I pointed out the droopy roses to my husband. Looking them over, he said that they need a good feeding. Giving them the right nutrients would perk them up.

The roses are a mirror for my soul. Sometimes I am droopy. Just like my flowers, my heart needs the right nutrients in order to thrive. The right external circumstances are not enough. My soul needs to be fed, tended, and cared for if I want it to do more than survive.

Isaiah offers this invitation from the Lord. “Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live.” (Isaiah 55:2b-3a) God’s Word is the food that our souls need to thrive, soar, be joyful, and live in His abundance. When we are diligent about listening to God, it shows in every part of our lives.

My Jesus Resolution today is to enjoy God’s feast. I know how to savor a physical meal. I slow down. I am deliberate about tasting each bite. I let myself experience the food through all of my senses. The same principles hold true when we come to God’s table to delight in the rich food of God’s Word. I need to slow down, be deliberate, and enjoy every bite. When I do, my soul will radiate with life and reflect His presence and power. No more droopy for me.



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