It’s been nearly a year since we moved into our quaint, 1953 cottage, yet that yard still discourages me most days.
We’ve done work—trust me—we’ve. Done. WORK.
Hours of digging and pulling up and raking and laying mulch. But it’s not quite where we want it, yet.
Strangely enough, just today my husband was commenting on the grass, “There’s more of it than last year.”
Honestly, I hadn’t noticed.
“Maybe it’s because of all the rain,” I retorted.
A lush, green yard needs rain.
Likewise, a spiritually healthy, fruitful life needs rain.
Several times the Bible correlates the Holy Spirit to water. A little watering can could never satisfy an entire yard, and the godliest friend I have could never impart enough truth, encouragement, and hope to keep my life “green.” Friends are important and necessary (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10), but Christ must come first in our relationships. He is the rain that saturates us and brings life.
As moms, our lives are busy, and our time is sparse. I don’t know about you, but I often overspend my hours on the tasks and people in front of me, and before I know it I’m out of currency before I make it to God.
I love the truth of God’s Word. Time after time He reveals that if we give to Him first—our time, our talents, and our treasures—He will multiply that which is left. Time and time again this has proven true in my own life, and yet often I still hold back.
Friend, the most important relationship we can pursue is with our Creator. His very purpose for creating us is so that we would have a relationship with Him. Imagine that! Some days I wonder why anyone would want to hang around me, let alone the Maker of the heavens and the earth!
But the truth is astounding: He wants us to spend time in His presence. He desires to lavish all that He is and all that He has upon us!
We must go to Him first with that bad news.
We must go to Him first with our frustration.
We must go to Him first with our thanksgiving…
And let Him rain down on us hope, grace, and peace.
Today I challenge you to take a hard look at your relationships. Have you been looking to others for the “rain” you need?
No one else can fill the void in your heart.
No one else can impart the amount of hope you need to make it through your impossible situation.
No one else but God.
Have you placed anyone above Him—a friend, a spouse, a parent, or even a child?
God’s way always proves best. Put Him first today and watch your life begin to grow and flourish like never before!
Author: Katie Gibson