On Tuesday we purchased three beautiful bushes to plant in our yard. We brought them home and put them up front to be planted this coming week. It seems we then forgot to water them! This morning I looked out and saw all the leaves drooping on every bush. Checking the soil we discovered it was bone dry and desperately in need of water. With hope that we were not too late, we soaked each bush in water making sure to spray the leaves too. Two hours later I checked on them and the leaves were no long drooping. In fact, the bushes are back to looking strong and sturdy! Disaster avoided.
While soaking the bushes in water, it made me think of something I read this week about "soaking prayers". I could not help but see the analogy between the bushes and our spiritual lives. There are times when we feel the need for a good soaking. Life has left us parched and our own "leaves" are drooping! We have a need to be refreshed and renewed. One way to get a good soaking is to spend time in prayer.
Recently I joined a conference call prayer group for people with Lyme. This past Wednesday was our second session. The whole hour plus was spent in continual prayer. As the leader prayed, the 30 people on the phone line all lifted up the needs of the people in prayer, and the power in those soaking prayers for healing could be felt. I know my leaves are no longer drooping! These soaking prayers left me feeling renewed. A good soaking can provide us with the strength to carry on, just like our bushes awaiting planting!
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