“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
A friend gave me a philodendron recently that she had rooted from one of her plants. In just a short time, it has flourished. I have lots of houseplants — love them! So I assured my friend from the beginning that this new plant would be surrounded by lots of friends in my home. It sure is growing beautifully.
This weekend, I sent photos to my friend to show her how the little plant is growing and thriving. He’s forming new leaves, and he even has a new shoot growing out of the soil. My friend said she could see how happy he is. I told her, “He’s got lots of good friends. Good friends help you grow and flourish.”
“For you bring me a continual revelation of resurrection life, the path to the bliss that brings me face-to-face with you.” — Psalm 16:11 (TPT)
I have the blessing of pet sitting for a neighborhood dog. He is the cutest, cuddliest creature. He always likes to be nearby, preferably in the same room. He doesn’t demand constant interaction and is quite content to just “be there.” But once in a while, he likes to nuzzle a hand or foot or ear, as if to say, “Snuggle time!”
When this little guy requests snuggle time, I drop everything I’m doing. I don’t want to miss that time with him. If I would do that for a pup, will I do the same for God?
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” — Psalm 23:1-3 (NKJV)
In our noisy, fast-paced, interconnected world, a lot of people suffer from burnout. Often we don’t see the signs of approaching burnout until we’re nearly shut down. We miss this lovely, daily invitation from God to rest in green pastures, to walk beside quiet waters, and to be continuously restored by Him.