Cross Training

Soak It Up


We splash in it to cool off, shower in it to wash away the dirt and grime, and soak in it to soothe sore muscles. We drink in cool iced water to replace summer’s sweat, and to keep our bodies well-hydrated.  

Plants and trees need water too. Without it, healthy green leaves turn brown and brittle. Our spirits can wither as well. God tells us in Psalm 1: 2-3 (NIV) that His Word gives to our spirit what water provides for a tree:

“But his (substitute your name here) delight is in the law of the LORD and on his law he (___) meditates day and night. He (___) is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he (___) does prospers.” (parentheses and italics mine)

A tree planted by a stream rarely lacks nourishing water. Because its source of water remains constant, the tree stays healthy and green and produces fruit at the proper time.

Likewise, God says the person who delights in (or looks forward to) reading God’s Word and spending time with Him (thinking and praying about what God’s Word said), that person will flourish. Their spiritual health will be strong and vibrant. No crunchy brown leaves or shriveled fruit.

As summer winds down, soak, splash, and swim in the pool or at the water park, but try soaking in God’s Word too. Plant yourself in His goodness and drink it in.