“I’m wilting.” Two words I recently told a friend. They were out of my mouth before I even had a chance to realize what I was saying. But after the words were out, I couldn’t quit thinking about the state I was in.
I was wilting.
Wilting: to become limp through heat, loss of water, or disease; to droop
Yes, I was wilting…I was becoming limp through heat– certain trials I was up against had proved to be very hot; through loss of water– I was looking inward to myself rather than looking at Jesus, the very source of Living Water; symptoms of disease were creeping in- pain, anger, bitterness, anxiety and depression like a poison due to the heat and lack of Water; and I was drooping– literally, my shoulders drooped my head drooped and oh the sadness took my smile right upside down.
Have you ever been here? Although there are lessons to be learned in these seasons, it’s not a fun place to be and certainly not where the Lord wants us staying for too long.
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;” (Isaiah 55: 1a)
Once I realized my condition, I understood the extent of what was happening, where it was headed and what needed to be done about it, ASAP. I needed to go to the well. The well of Living Water upon which I draw my strength, my courage, my hope. The well of Living Water that gets me outside of myself and the chaos surrounding me. The well of Living Water that waters my soul in places I didn’t even know needed it. The well of Jesus, His Word and His promises.
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7: 37b)
There isn’t a plant or flower out there that doesn’t require water, and the same goes for us. We physically require water in order to survive, but the water we put in our mouths can’t possibly reach our souls. And it’s our souls that truly thirst for a substance that never dries up, a substance that pours life into our very beings, consistently hydrating our parched souls during our droughts and times of wilting.
“The Lord will guide you continually giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.” (Isaiah 58: 11)
Unlike a flower, no matter how much we have wilted, how dry we have become or how many petals have fallen off, God is willing, prepared and able to restore. Don’t ever doubt this. He is not done with you yet! His pure, life-giving, refreshing water is always there in hopeful abundance ready to pour out on His children.
The opposite of wilting is flourish: to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment. This favorable environment is the place where Jesus fills our souls and we flourish, thrive, and are truly free.
So, what’s our choice? Will we wilt away or do the opposite, flourish and grow? Will we wither and dry up or drink of Him and allow Him to restore us? I’m going to drink of Him. I hope you will join me.
“…and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7: 17)
A Repost from My Journey of Faith Magazine