A Cactus may not need much water but I do


Living things need water for growth and survival. Some require more than others. Interesting that our soul is much the same as it also needs living water to grow and survive spiritually.  Let’s take a peak at our scripture for today.

Luke 2:41-52 (RSV)

Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it but supposing him to be in the company they went a day’s journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature,and in favor with God and man.

Let’s think about it

Have you ever found yourself so lost in a sermon that it was over before you knew it? Perhaps there was a Sunday School lesson tugged on your heart strings so much so, you don’t want it to end? Maybe you’ve participated in a particular Bible Study class has left your mind circling and questioning yourself for days?

That’s what its feels like when your soul has been ‘watered.’ It means your faith and understanding is growing!Listening and questioning ourselves is the way we mature and of key importance when it comes to spiritual growth and survival. I can’t imagine what Jesus heard or the questions he asked as he ‘increased in wisdom’ at such a young age.

Living things need water! A cactus receives water occasionally. Due to it’s shallow root system and compelling ability to store water, it can survive the drought ahead.  You and I aren’t the same. We are more like little seedlings that need to be watered everyday. We must develop a stronger and much deeper root system for survival in troubled times of our own.

How much water do you feel you are getting these days?

Let’s pray about it

Dear Heavenly Father, we are so thankful for the wisdom you are willing to pour on us daily. Please guide our hearts as we grow spiritually so that we may survive any drought we are faced with on the road ahead.  Amen.