Looking out my window today it’s hard not to think summer and enjoy this incredible weather! The sun is shining, a cool breeze is blowing and overall this has been an almost perfect start to summer as far as temperatures and sunshine go. Every morning I watch the Cobourg crew stop by and water the wonderful looking hanging plants on light poles in the downtown area. I must admit – even though I don’t have a green thumb – I love the fullness and the color of each hanging plant.
One aspect of weather worth noting this year is the quickness of drought like conditions which have come upon us. Initially I complained about having to cut my grass three times before the May 24th weekend even arrived. However, last week I found it hard to decide what to do with my lawn. Do I cut it just to get rid of weeds, or do I simply pull out the weed whacker to take care of the weeds found in the midst of the now brown grass. While the temperatures have been nice, precipitation is well below usual rainfall amounts. As a result, Conservation Authorities throughout the area are not only issuing water advisories, but some areas have issued fire alerts as well. With that in mind I do find it amazing that flowers and grass need water to grow, but for some reason – no matter what weather conditions might be – weeds still grow! How is that possible?
The same can be said about people. Well-watered lives, usually result in healthy and happy lives. There are a number of different opinions on how much water we should drink every day. However, many health authorities recommend eight 8-ounce glasses of water – or approximately 2 litres of water – per day helps keep us healthy. I will never forget when I discovered the importance of staying hydrated. A number of years ago on a hot summer day I discovered while on the golf course with my Dad we didn’t pack enough water for the round. By the time we hit the back nine, my Dad bought another bottle of water from the course attendant, but I decided “I was fine”. The next day I truly regretted the decision to appear “macho and tough” and not bother with water. A short time after arriving at work, I suddenly found myself doubled over in pain and feeling quite sick. The quick version of this story – after spending much of the day in the emergency room hooked up to an IV of saline solution, the Doctor told me I was so dehydrated I had a kidney stone attack. Put another way, the weeds of kidney stones sprung up simply because I was not watering my body.
There are many references to weeds and water throughout the Bible. Two of my favorite passages appear in the Old Testament. One is found in Isaiah and the second appears in Job. In Isaiah 40:8 we read, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever”. This verse emphasizes the fact that no matter what things look like, the word of God does not dry up and wither. While answers may not come immediately, His Word always remains true and will be fulfilled. The second verse is Job 14:9 where we discover this great promise; “Thought its roots grow old in the ground, and its stump dies in the dry soil, at the scent of water it will flourish and put forth sprigs like a plant”.
Are you feeling dry today? Do you sometimes think your life is dry and cracked and you’re just not feeling well? The Good News is no matter what is going on in life, we can always turn to God and find refreshment for our soul. Jesus declares in John 14 that anyone who drinks of the water He offers, will “thirst no more”.
Looking Out My Window is a regular column in the Northumberland Today newspaper located in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.