After coming away from our school convocation today, I felt thirsty for success, accomplishments, significant impact, children. All the things that seem absent in my life, at least from a societal perspective.
As I went out to my box garden and planted some chard seeds, "Lord... I'm bummed" turned into "Lord, I thirst." Interestingly, George our neighbour came along to feed and water his tomato plants. He stuck one of his fingers in the soil and said, "There's still moisture down there." He proceeded to tell me that if you water too often, the plants do not send down their roots to find moisture, growing stronger. He pointed to the big elm trees. "Nobody waters those. Think of how deep they have sent down their roots. Deep into the bio-world."
It was a great reminder that God allows circumstances to make me thirsty so that I might send down roots deeper into the narrative of God's people, and grow stronger.