Healing Drought

What’s the best way to water your lawn?

The American Lawns website recommends 3/4 to 1 inch of water per week, and applying it “as infrequently as possible.”

I’ve known this for some time and have been practicing this summer.  We try to limit watering any part of our yard to once per week, and watering deeply enough to soak in.  Any expert will tell you that watering this way encourages deep root growth, which makes for a healthier, more drought-resistant lawn.

Since I love making analogies between physical and spiritual things, I wondered this morning, what is the significance of this deep-water metaphor for spirituality?

It makes sense to me that deep watering of our souls would produce deeper, stronger, healthier roots in our lives.  But what is the difference between deep and shallow soul-watering?  Surely not the difference between daily and weekly devotional time?

Have you been watering your soul deeply enough?  If so, what is your method/process? If not, what are you going to do about it?

2 thoughts on “Healing Drought

  1. Between my phone alarm and Google Calendar (which sends me text reminders) I have a lot of reminders to stay connected to my personal spiritual practices throughout the day, week, month, and year. I’m not a stickler for for specific times, but I do notice when I’m trying to do too much or not getting enough.

    To tie into your plant & water analogy; we’ve got an ivy that I gave to Sherri over a decade ago. She has killed many plants over the years and this was the hardiest one I could find. It survived our initial neglect and eventually I started making clippings to spread to other pots. The original plant has now been spread to at least 12 different planters in various states of health. I’ve got them spread all around the house, my office, and the youth room at church. I’ve over-watered several of them, killed several along the way, and have some that just keep thriving in the right combination of light & watering. The occasional watering seems to be the most successful. Whenever I see them wilting, I water, & they bounce back seemingly even stronger. The vine thickens and the leaves are broader. So apparently a little thirst does them some good.

    In whatever ministry we find ourselves connected to, we do need to find a balance between doing too much and doing too little. Neither properly serves those we seek to serve. And if our own spiritual depth is lacking, we must change.

  2. As an associate at Lowes we are trained to take care of the plants at Lowes, and the question I get asked often, “How do I NOT kill my plants.” Most people water too much you and Honza have alluded to, the plant is an living creature that needs water but not constant. It would be like a human being try to continually chug water all the time. Maybe sometimes we take in God too much? So much that its hard to think. The Bible has some very confusing and conflicting teaching that you need time to let “sink” in and meditate on. Just a thought for you Heyduck. Btw I re-vamped my blog and gave it a new address. Check it out at http://www.bradalexander.net

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