“Today, I have given you the choice between life and death
Between blessings and curses
Oh, that you would choose life,
So that you and your children may live
And that you may love the LORD your God,
Listen to his voice,
And hold fast to him.
For the LORD is your life, and
He will give you many years
In the land He swore to give
To your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
~ Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NLT/NIV
The Other Day…
“How in the world are you going to bring those back to life?” the woman behind me expostulated plaintively, her mix of wondering and skepticism skipping on down the grocery belt, then up and over the strawberry potted pansies in my cart. Startling the concentrating clerk who for a moment mistook her challenge for him…
Questioning my gardening sanity.
To my eyes, this once $18 now only $4.25 deal was already brimming with life, overflowing with more than potential, for a large portion of it simply cascaded with snowdrop blooms.
True… there were dead leaves and the vines had separated, begun leaning towards the front of the bowl, the exposed dirt appearing as parched as desert-cracked ground. I’d spied others shaking their heads behind me, heard them declare… those are dead!
Yet... mmmm… Hadn’t I’d seen my own more expensive planting bounce fully back to glory with a bit of watering… and even more after rain? And at this moment, I could imagine the still lush majority painting a color burst in the front of my little cottage home, there…in between the tiny non-flowering bushes…
Open-mouthed… possibly wondering if she should take a chance herself on such a deal… she stared. As if daring me to convince her to make a nutsy move…
“We-ell,” I smiled, “you could use a little miracle grow liquid with your water…” But really, I thought silently, all this plant needs is a good drenching of a gallon of water! Recognizing the tch tch still in her demeanor, I appealed to thrifty worth, lifting my hands. “What’s to lose – $4!” Which to my daily longing for flowers with not much to spare in the pocketbook was just like a…gift.
She beamed then. YES!
Once home, I filled a gallon jug of water….three times… and poured it soakingly into the pot. And… imagination aside… I think I watched those pansy faces lilt into the breeze right then, as if to say… Ahhhhhhhh!!!!
Pour your resurrection life into them, too, Lord… I whispered, a benediction over them. Three days later, they bob to the rhythm on the breeze, in beauty and grace, growing in health and fullness. And life is radiance there among the bushes. In a pot of flowers that “agreed to choose life” and… dream with me.
Life! This day, in this moment, I choose Life, Lord…and dream with You! Even when something looks to be a goner. Ridiculous or impossible or empty. For… isn’t this flower story exactly like You, how you see us Father? You know us deeply, flawed, feeling tired or sick or hopeless, and You say — “Glory! I see My Glory! I will be your raindrops with living water… Let Me drench you and you will flourish and prosper in wholeness! To life, to life, La Chaim!”
Oh my Father, My Jehovah Rapha, Restorer and Healer… I open my hands to receive Your promise, to rivers of Your living water, to thank You for restoring me [fill in your name] to long and blossoming life in the “land” You have planted me in. Halleluia and Glory to Your Name.
© Pam Depoyan
What a little living water can do…!
Thought to ponder:
Do my words reflect life — or death?
What if I dream God’s dream with Him?
Recapping God’s Health-FULL Words to me, Day 1 – 4:
1. Exodus 15:26 He calls Himself the LORD MY Healer.
2. Exodus 26: 25- 26 He will bless my food and water and take sickness away from me.
3. Deuteronomy 7:14 -15 God’s Word says He proclaims me healthy.
4. Deuteronomy 30:19-20 God says to me, O that you would choose Life!