One morning as I glanced at the clouds from the kitchen window, I noticed with delight that the bougainvillea I assumed was dead had blossomed again. What a surprise to welcome back the purplish-red flowers peeking at me as though to say, “I’m still here.” Grasshoppers unknowingly imported from a hibiscus I purchased had swarmed over my lovely plant and ate the foliage. It was in an awkward spot to spray with bug killer or to pick off the insects one by one. And with my allergies, I was reluctant to use pesticides, so I gave up and stopped watering what remained of the once vibrant flowering shrub—only bare branches. But a downpour of rain from recent storms soaked it, and it came back to life again after many months of lying dormant.
I feel like that bougainvillea whenever I focus on my circumstances instead of on the Lord. When I rush ahead of Him and do things on my own, grasshoppers of discouragement, worry, and fear invade my life. I too dry up after opening the door to these enemies. When God points out I’ve let bugs into my life, I turn back to Jesus and ask Him to forgive and restore me to close fellowship so that I can once again please Him and enjoy the life-giving water of His Spirit and Word.
Has your life ever seemed dry? God’s living water can revive you—no matter where you are in life or what you’ve done. Just turn to Him.
Psalms 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Prayer: Dear Lord, please help me keep my eyes on You instead of on my circumstances. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Thought for today: Keep looking to Jesus instead of your troubles.