And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Isaiah 58:11 ESV
It’s my first opportunity to write since the New Year began; I am experiencing a new relationship with Grace. No resolutions for me this year; rather I selected several goals for the year in addition to my OneWord, and it’s not even a word like those chosen by most of the people I know choosing them-I move to the beat of my own drummer. I also decided to simplify asking God’s help in achieving the life I want. I have asked only for Grace. I want to be like a watered garden.
|I was spiritually dead, dying for |
an intimacy with God beyond
anything I'd ever achieved previously.
Or at least I thought so.
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According to biblical commentary for Isaiah 58:11 provided by Norman Hillyer, there is no life without water. It is “essential for life. It is not just essential for people. It is essential for everything that is alive. Without water, all die.” My testimony is not so much that I was lost and now am found, but that I was spiritually dead, dying for an intimacy with God beyond anything I'd ever achieved previously. Or at least I thought so. I was reminded that God is always working, even sometimes in the background, so despite the appearance of death and dry bones, there was a Holy Ghost riot happening down at the root. It is good to return to the land of the living.
How am I to come back? Well, I’m starting with some goals, including…
1. Breathe first, then speak.
2. Stop manufacturing stress.
3. Choose internal calm and joy, even in the midst of chaos.
4. Be present in all things at all times. Focus.
5. Do it afraid, if necessary, but do NOT let the fear paralyze you.
6. Articulate, both figuratively and literally.
7. Remember yesterday, in order to fully savor today.
8. Give at least one sincere complement each day
A couple additional goals are purely tactical, but the common threads among them all are Trust, Grace, and Faith. I want to embrace my life as a watered garden, and to do so, I am beginning at the moment the Living Waters touched my dry bones again, releasing something new. Petrichor. I claim the life I will live as a watered garden, through all seasons. For now, I will embrace the journey and the moment of Petrichor.