A Time to Soak

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To soak: Immerse, steep, douse, marinate, and submerge.

 

shutterstock_95030080Shaded by numerous impressively tall maple and tulip trees, our yard gets just about the best shading in the neighborhood. (And cause for alarm during every thunder storm!) The actual lawn is a sorry sight due to its limited amount of sunlight and has been left untended and ratty for quite some time. After taking down an enormous old Maple, we decided it might be worth giving re-growth a shot.

So a few weeks ago I flagged down our neighbor’s lawn care specialist and begging him not to laugh, asked if he could help us grow a real lawn. His look reminded me of an old hair-stylist of mine who once told me that I might possibly have the worst hair in the world. (Note: “old hair-stylist) Not surprisingly, he was happy to take on the challenge. (Of course he was!)

This first step: Weed killing. When this step was completed a few tiny patches of wispy grass, looking like hair plugs, stood flailing amongst the new dirt that permeated our front yard lawn. The next step: aeration and seeding. Following this step we were slapped with a warning note; which basically read: “If you do not soak this grass daily for the next six weeks…oh well. We can’t do everything for you; if you are a dope and don’t do this… it’s not our fault. Consider yourselves warned!” (Note: I apologize to friends in California… you would be arrested if you watered like this.)

shutterstock_153037793Thinking about these little seeds and their need for a good soaking made me smile because of my personal need for soaking, both physically and spiritually. Sometimes at the end of the day, I feel like an abundance of weeds have taken residence and made my life brownish where it should be lush green. We should be growing and thriving like the grass seed. A couple of candles and some quiet time in my soaking tub helps aches, pains, burdens and grief literally melt away leaving me feeling refreshed and renewed.

But it is my morning “soaking” in prayer, Bible study, and reading that refreshes and renews my spirit and gives me the strength, drive and enthusiasm to take on the day. Without it, I shrivel and take a harsh pounding from the elements.

shutterstock_383894359While the popular talk is about being there and being in the moment, I’ve learned through “soaking” in God’s word (verses Christy’s emotions) that it’s not about just being in the moment; it’s about immersing yourself in these moments and not fearing the moments that are to come. Going deeper to find joy, to heal, to get perspective on what others might be going through. It’s not about you in the moment; it’s about what you do with those moments…mostly for others. This is what Jesus was and is all about.

This week, make your first daily priority to prepare yourself for what lies ahead by marinating on these verses:

“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

At night, how about this one:

“My presence will go with you, and I will give your rest.”
Exodus 33:14

“The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring us to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that we may enter into Him, may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God himself in the core and center of our hearts.” A.W. Tozer

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