Devotion for Tuesday, May 26
 
ARE YOU A WELL-WATERED GARDEN?

"The Lord will guide you continually,
giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden, like and ever-flowing spring."
Isaiah 58:11
 
          What a wonderful image it is to see oneself as a "well-watered garden" or "an ever-flowing spring". There are many afternoons when I feel quite the opposite. I feel more like a wilted plant; no energy, no motivation, no desire to do much of anything. I try to remind myself that I have things that I can do. Then, quickly, I tell myself that everything can wait because I have plenty of time. In addition to the "stay-at-home" limitations, I am also physically limited (temporarily). It becomes a tough mental battle.
 
          Days when I have a set time, for a specific activity, for the afternoon; everything changes. I feel more purposeful and seem to move through the afternoon more easily. Most of those afternoons involve time spent researching Scriptures, writing or watching videos for a weekly discussion meeting on Zoom. All these activities have one commonality - a connection to God. It is through these activities that, regardless of my mental or physical situation, God guides me and restores my strength; mentally and emotionally. Also, I am pretty sure that God intends for me to do my part. I do my physical therapy exercises to restore my physical strength. After all, God already provided the doctor and the physical therapist.  
 
          Do you have times when you feel as though you have little energy or motivation? Do you have a specific time you spend with God; especially if you're feeling "wilted"? Try opening your heart and mind to the Lord. Let Him guide you. Let Him give you "water when you are dry" and restore "your strength". As a result, you are likely to feel "like a well-watered garden and an ever-flowing spring".
 
Let us pray:
Precious Lord, Thank you for always being our loving guide and excellent provider. We thank you for always being ready to give us what we need, even the little things. May we be like "well-watered gardens" and "ever-flowing springs" so that others can share in Your blessings through what you have given to us. Amen.
 
                                                   Denise Clark, CSM

 
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