Aug 22 2013
There are two ways to grow grass. Both involve planting seed in the soil but that’s where the similarities end.
A good grass grower creates the right conditions for grass to grow so when the sun comes out, the grass grows up thick and green.
A bad grass grower throws the seed down and leaves the rest to chance. The grass usually looks sickly. If a big event comes around, he might paint the brown grass a green color to make it appear healthy. But the inside and foundation are rotted out rubbish.
The spiritual disciplines can feel like a real drag sometimes – prayer, bible reading, fasting, worship, and the others. It’s difficult to see fruit from day to day.
But one look around nature will assist us. When does grass grow? Who actually watches it move up through the ground?
Grass grows all the time in ways that are imperceptible from minute-to-minute and even hour-to-hour. But when it’s in the right environment, that growth is virtually automatic.
Human hearts are no different.
Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.
When we become self-aware and try to ACT like we’re healthy, it’s like painting brown grass green. It’s exhausting and feels bad. So how do we grow well? Spiritual disciplines.
Spiritual disciplines aren’t sexy. Neither is soil or water or fertilizer or sun. They’re common things. But when we put ourselves in the right environment – in God’s presence – these common activities – bible reading, prayer, fasting, worship – grow us. It’s imperceptible from moment to moment. But our growth is clearly seen from year to year. If you setup a time lapse camera on grass, you WOULD see it grow big and green if the conditions were right. And the same is true for us.
God, in his wisdom, made the spiritual life simple so simple people like you and me could get it. It has common components. Stay motivated in keeping your conditions good for growth. Read the bible, pray, fast, worship. So many good things happen when we put in the work to grow!