Isn't our relationship with the Maker like that? Like any other relationship, being friends of Christ takes time. I know time is best spent
- Reading the Word
- Studying the Word
- Meditating on the Word
- Memorizing the Word
- Applying the Word to my life
It seems that if much time passes without any of the above, I begin to wilt like the Gerberia Daisy.
Psalm 119 sings of the sweetness and desirous nature of God's Word and instruction.
How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth. Psalm 119:103
This morning my plant is in worst state ever, but my relationship with my Maker is solid. Waiting on The Lord during my "drip time," I realize my marriage is also a relationship that needs constant tending to...nurturing. I covet your prayers as the engineer and I work through new obstacles. This new phase of parenting preteens is emotionally exhausting, and I am so selfish desiring time on myself, not on us. Paul's letter to the Philippians convicts me.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection, any sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.Selfishness with my time is not honoring to God. Forgive me Lord for not making my covenant with You and the engineer higher priority. With Christ's power, we can overcome!
Make time to read all of Psalm 119 this week and consider your own love and seeking of the Word. Does it measure up to the Psalmists'? Assess your most important relationships (spouse, siblings, parents, close friends). Which relationships need some nourishing & how will you water, prune and fertilize that relationship?