Water or Wilt
On my first day back from two weeks of vacation, I walked into my office and saw a sobering sight. The Silver Bay Aglaonema that was vibrant and healthy when I left now looks like the plague hit it. Half the leaves are withered and dead and the rest are well on their way. I may see if I can nurse it back to health, or I may just get a new plant.
Psalm 1 immediately came to mind. The person who delights in God’s Word “is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.” (Psalm 1:3) The converse is also true: No water means no fruit, no joy and no life.
If this is what happens to a houseplant that gets no water for two weeks, what about a believer who gets no Scripture during summer breaks? Vacations typically mean the usual routines are disrupted, and it is easy to let time with God in the Bible go on hold. But oh, what a price!
This is not just pastoral theory, this is real life and real damage. Houseplants are easy to replace. Your soul is priceless. Water it.