have two plants in my home which are the same species. One is thriving and adding new leaves all the
time. The other looks pitiful. What is the difference? The good looking plant is by the kitchen sink. We
regularly water it since it is by the source. The other is a couple of rooms away from water and only gets
water when we think of it, or happen to notice it looking badly. Yesterday, I went in the laundry room
and noticed it was wilted and sad. The funny thing is that shortly after giving it water, it perked up. But
the weeks of neglect have left it stunted in comparison to the healthy plant by the water.
As I congratulated myself on emergency hydration for my plant, Psalm 1 came to mind. In the first Palm,
the life of one who spends time in the word is contrasted with one who doesn’t. The blessed person
meditates in the word of God day and night. They are described this way in Psalm 1:3 (ESV)
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
Just like regular water to my plants, God’s word is a vital need for our spirit. Regular and complete
access to water keeps one plant healthy and has caused it to thrive. They cycle of
drought and meager rescue water is barely keeping the other plant alive. Our spirits
need frequent and abundant nourishment from God’s word.