Today, when I write this, there are four weeks left of summer, more behind than ahead. My potted flowers that flourished rest now ’til their final slumber.
In a leafy part of my garden, with sunflowers towering above, five pumpkins continue to deepen green on the soil. But once there were six. Without a healthy peduncle (stem) attached to the vine, a pumpkin will not survive.
Everyday I water the patch, and one day, not too long ago, I moved a vine “to a better place” I reasoned. As the days progressed, I noticed the lone pumpkin on that vine I had tampered with, ceased growing. No matter how much I watered, that pumpkin yellowed, the stem turned brown, and detached from the vine.
My self-righteous action caused the fruit to die. Once no longer nourished from the vine, the pumpkin could not thrive.
Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NIV)
When our efforts are our own, apart from doing what God says, apart from believing in His word, and apart from a community of believers, we no longer are nourished to receive the life Jesus offers us. Our spiritual life fails to thrive and “withers.” (John 15:6).
In our current time where social media strangers and Amazon review counts measure world-thriving, staying close to God is still the only way to produce the lasting peace our souls, hearts, and minds need.
Are you feeling the tiredness, the stress, and the discontentment from striving for more from the world?
Take a breath.
Breathe in “Yahweh.”
Five Ways to Nourish Yourself
- Let go and let God work in you.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Roman 8:28
2. Be nourished from His word.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
3. Join a community of believers.
And let us consider how we may spur one another toward love and good deeds, not giving up on meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10 24-25
4. Stay close to Him in prayer.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
5. Move closer to Him who gives you the nutrition to thrive.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
How are you being nourished by God today?