Outgrowing the Water Bottle

"Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth. It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don't go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send Him to you." John 16:7 (HCSB)

I snipped off two long vines from my coworker’s plant, shoved them in a water bottle, and stuck them on the windowsill of our apartment. A week later, my husband approached the subject.

"Renae, we're not keeping those vines in water bottles forever, are we?"

I laughed and replied, "No. Just until they grow roots. Then we'll plant them in dirt and let them grow."

I watched them every day for three weeks. And every day for three weeks Kevin asked me, "Any roots yet?" My answer stayed the same, "Not yet."

At the beginning of our walk with God, we are like that little vine. We (hopefully) are discipled and taught how to follow Christ. But it's not until we put the responsibility of having an individual quiet time on ourselves that we learn how to have a personal relationship with God.

The disciples could no longer rely on the physical steps of Jesus. They had to rely on a spiritual faith, one of listening to and obeying the Counselor in order to grow in their relationship with God. And so do we.

PRAYER: Lord, give me healthy spiritual roots so that I may learn to love you more each day.

By Renae, Jackson, TN