Nature vs. Nurture

It’s been raining pretty steadily for the last 3-4 weeks.

And as my last rain-inspired piece was written about two years ago, you’ll understand why these are exciting times.

The landscape on my island home has been dismally dry, drab and depressing as one would expect in a period of drought.

Sure, we got rain last year, but when that rain is accompanied by Category 5 hurricane-force winds, I refuse to count it; especially when it stripped what green we did have on our local flora completely away.

Life can feel like that sometimes.

When the trials and troubles of this world come at us in full force, one after the other, it can feel like you’re being slowly stripped of every good thing in life.

Your health, your relationships, your career; whatever it may be, you are wrung dry.

But Jesus offers us water, Living Water. He reminds us in John 4:14 (GNT), “But those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again.”

By holding on to our faith in God, we can be watered through the times of drought. And the Bible is brimming with pockets of life-changing water.

Meanwhile, I can’t help but marvel at how the landscape has changed since rain has begun falling regularly. The difference is just radical to say the least.

Lush, leafy green can be seen everywhere; overflowing, branches and boughs lean just over their boundaries, their tips brushing the sides of the road as if eager to announce to the world, “We’re here!”

Friends, when we are watered by Jesus, people will notice. In the midst of your circumstances, people will ask how, what, why. They will want to know what is making the difference.

Will it be easy?

I’m not going to lie.

It may be a struggle for many of us.

But regardless of the stage you are at in your Christian walk, know that God is with you and is willing to work with you.

During the period of drought, I had noticed persons transplanting shrubs and flowers in various stages of development. I confess that I wondered what was the point. Rain wasn’t falling.

Once in a while, I’d see them being manually watered but under the heat of the scorching sun, I wondered whether they would survive.

But they held on, and if you should see them now. The gardeners must have had visions of what the future could be.

It made me consider the thoughts that we sometimes nurture, especially during those difficult times. Harmful, negative, depressing thoughts that slowly strip us of all positivity.

It may be human nature to think that way because of our circumstances; but the more we water these thoughts, the more they’ll take root.

However, if we claim the promises of God:

Dueteronomy 31:6 (NIV),
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Romans 8:28 (KJV)
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord…”

1 Peter 5:10 (NIV) “And the God of all grace…after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

and trust in the Master Gardener then we will eventually find ourselves nurturing positive thoughts that will blossom and bloom until they spill over into every aspect of our lives.

So water the good thoughts and parch the bad.

We’ll be sure to experience the radical difference that Living Water can make in our lives.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Laurelei Frazer says:

    I needed this at this very moment! Thank you for this. Great read!

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    1. Michal Romney says:

      Glad it helped.

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  2. Susan V Hodge says:

    This was sent to me this morning. Its timely as I cope with the illness of my father and all decisions resting on me.
    Thank you this is what I needed this right now.

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    1. Michal Romney says:

      I’m so glad it helped in some way.

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