Be Still Know
Jeremiah 17:8a NLT
‘They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water.’
Recently I found myself waking in the morning with cramp in my calf muscles. When this persisted I turned to the Internet for advice. I discovered at worst I had some form of clot which might end in an embolism and deposit me at the feet of Jesus, or more likely, it was the result of too much coffee throughout the day and minimal water intake. I started with this more palatable and achievable diagnosis.
I reduced my coffee consumption, ditching my much-loved eight-year-old faithful coffee machine, and watched endless clips on YouTube of baristas making the ideal cafetière coffee. I learned that in the trade this is the ‘immersion method’. I quickly became a convert, and the time taken to deliver an ideal cup of hot, black coffee in some ways was sufficient compensation for my reduction to two mugs a day.
Less coffee, more water did the trick; no more morning cramps. I needed to notice those cramps initially, take them seriously and explore a suitable response that I could make. Yet, for many years I have not paid much attention to my spiritual development. I’ve assumed that I will simply grow in God by doing a bit of ordered prayer and Bible reading as well as attending church and conferences I fancy. Sadly, this is like ensuring I have food and drink while paying no attention to the impact my choice of menu and beverages have upon my health.
No doubt these cramps had been creeping up upon me slowly. The roots of my overall health lie deeply embedded within my lifestyle. So too my spiritual health: how deep are my roots and what am I drawing on for sustenance? A tree does not die overnight but over years. When its outward form is compromised it is probably far too late to check if the root system is compromised, failing to find sufficient nourishment from the soil. God has told us how we might flourish. Check the depth of your roots and the sources of your spiritual nutrients today.
QUESTION: Is your life a source of fruitfulness both for yourself and others?
PRAYER: Lord, may I not be simply a hearer of the word but a doer of the word.