Just last week, I discovered that my fire croton plant was not doing well at all. As a matter of fact,  it was withering to death. On closer inspection,  I realised that it was simply thirsty and literally gasping for breath. Somehow we had skipped watering the plant over and over again and now it was dying..

Well it was a good thing I found this out early in the morning so I promptly emptied a container of water over it to moisten and refresh it. Of course it’s best to do this in the morning when the soil is still cool.  This prevents the water from evaporating into the atmosphere and feeds the soil directly and nourishes the plant. And Yippee! By lunch time my fire croton was sprouting back to life.

So here is the thing. Because we had skipped watering the plant a few times, it slowly and very quietly began to wither. By the time it became obvious enough for someone to notice this and take action, some of the leaves had actually dropped off. Yet the effect of just that gush of water brought it back to life. Water is the food needed to sustain the plant.

Like the fire croton, we also need food ànd water to sustain us and get life into us.  We must do this by constantly watering ourselves. How can we then be watered and fed? someone is asking. Physically, we need to make healthy food choices. (Consisting of; but not limited to; nutrient dense foods like fruits, vegetables and plenty of water.) Spiritually, well, I say to be watered and fed is to immerse oneself in and to feed on the Word of God. It’s just as simple as that.

The Word of God should be to us the necessity that the water is to the fire croton. Without water, that plant would surely have withered to death. The Word of God will nurture us and see us through life’s challenges. It will serve as a guide to us. The Word of God is life.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalms  119:105 KJV

The Word of God is also a source of strength to us whenever we are weak or weary.

“My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.” Psalms  119:28 KJV  

In times of grief or sorrow, the Word of God is a source of comfort.

“This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.” Psalms 119:50 KJV

God’s Word is both filling and a source of joy.

“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”Jeremiah  15:16 KJV

The Word of God builds us up and makes us stand safe, secure and strong in the face of adversity.

“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.” Acts  20:32 KJV

It is time therefore to do away with all the junk food and fast food. They will only bring harm to us ultimately.  After all even Jesus told us to be careful what we eat.  “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”  Luke  4:4 KJV

Let the Word of God then be the food ànd the water that we crave. Let it build us up, comfort us, nourish us and revive us back to a life of fruitfulness and abundance.

Oluyinka Ego-Martins ©