“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”
Let me introduce you to my new friend.
Milkweed, meet the crew. Crew, milkweed.
She’s pretty, yes?
But more than her height – which is considerable – and her charm, which is evident, she has a little something going for her that you may like to hear about.
She’s the only type of plant a monarch butterfly will lay her eggs on.
Yep. The one and only.
See, monarchs are pretty picky. They will not lay eggs rather than lay them on something that isn’t milkweed.
Hence the milkweed. ‘Plant it and they will come’ was the promise. The reality, not so much.
There were at least three monarch butterflies in our yard earlier this summer – hubby and I watched in awe as they flitted about, strutting in their brilliant orange outfits. But it had been a strange spring, and my milkweed plants were barely out of the ground. Would they find them? Would they may the coveted eggs that would produce the striped offspring that would begin the feeding frenzy?
Not this year.
Do I have other plants, other flowers to entice a butterfly?
Any of you who have been to my garden know I do. I have literally hundreds of other plants with flowers jam packed with delightful nectar.
But monarchs are picky eaters, remember?
Which brings me to you and I.
What are you driven to feed on when your soil craves what it craves?
The internet? Social media? Recognition? Booze? Gossip? A new relationship?
Or the truth?
I’ve picked my poison. I’ve longed for attention and affirmation, and tried to find it in people-pleasing. I’ve needed a pick-me-up, and sought it in food and shopping sprees and self indulgence.
Those are easy, you see. They don’t require anything of me. They are accessible. They are the smorgasbord of offerings in the garden.
But I need to seek the one plant in the whole place that will truly meet my needs.
It’s tucked away. It requires some discipline and an exercise in faith. It means moving from my old patterns and path.
But every time, I need Jesus.
And I learn how to access Him through God’s Word.
Does it mean I should never read anything else?
But if I am looking for what will soothe that ‘itch’, that empty spot that always needs filling, I should skip over the junk food and go straight to the solid protein.
It’s not easy.
It isn’t the quick fix most of us are used to.
But it is what will save me.
Be more of a picky eater with me?
Father, You have designed us to be only truly satisfied with You! And yet there are so many offerings, so many ways to shortcut and short circuit the deep needs of our souls. Teach us how to search and find You, how to feed deeply on the truth in Your Word so that we grow strong and healthy spirits. Amen.