These days, we are doing so much growing. Watching the beauty of seeds planted in past seasons developing into incredible new life. Days of sun beating down and wandering through the garden with my two-year old, watering cans in hand, admiring what our God does in our very own yard. We see the daily transformation of strawberry plants as they flower and now as the berries are growing plump. We gently lift small new plants from their little containers and carefully tuck them into the fresh potting soil in our old, rusty pots. Her litte chubby hands leave a trail of soil along the driveway as she grabs fistfuls to pat around the roots.
I watch her trot through the yard, carrying her purple watering can, so proud of how she is learning to care for the life that is entrusted to her. "This guy need a drink?" she asks me each time, before dousing the plants and the pavement and the porch steps with water. She wants to water everything.
Something about the way she is joyful in the working makes me hope that when my Father looks at me as I'm tending the lives in my care, He sees the same passion.
And like my little girl with her watering can filled to overflowing, so is my life, my spirit. I hope that I am someone who "waters" like my toddler does... taking the abundance and the very life-giving Truth that has been given to me and pouring it out, recklessly, enthusiastically, continually.
There is so much of God's grace and goodness springing up in our lives. Intricate, beautiful, exciting opportunities to make much of God and to glorify Him in our lives are continually unfolding. Our lives are being poured into by others and by the Lord even as we are endeavoring to be ones who are continually being emptied of ourselves so that we can be filled fully with Him.
"But we have these treasures in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." 2 Corinthians 4:7
"Jesus answered, 'Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'" John 4:13 & 14