One day last week a friend sent me a quote by TD Jakes via Facebook. She said she thought of me when she read it, as I read it, I knew she was right. It was a powerful, yet sobering quote. I want to share it with you today.
Stop watering things that were never meant to grow in your life. Water what works, what’s good, what’s right. Stop playing around with those dead bones and stuff you can’t fix, its over…leave it alone! You’re coming into a season of greatness. If you water what’s alive and divine, you will see harvest like you’ve never seen before.
Stop wasting water on dead issues, dead relationships, dead people, a dead past. No matter how much you water concrete, you can’t grow a garden. TD JAKES
This was sobering to me because I had just heard the news that my friend, Zona, had gone to be with the Lord. While it was, indeed, sobering, I knew it was God speaking directly to me so that I would not get stuck in the grief, but I would continue on the path He had me on.
That may sound cruel to some, but it takes me back to something Jesus once said.
Matthew 8:19-23 says; and a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, the foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
The Amplified version says verse 22 like this; But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me [believing in Me as Master and Teacher], and allow the [spiritually] dead to bury their own dead.”
I knew the Lord was speaking to me, He wasn’t saying ‘don’t grieve over your friend.’ The Bible says there is a time of mourning. However, He was saying ‘don’t get stuck here and don’t water this situation.’ He was saying ‘I know you are hurting and confused but remember, I am your Master and Teacher, keep following me and I will walk you through this season.’
That same night I read something I had written in my journal a few years ago. It said when tragedy happens we have two choices; we can get busy dying or get busy living. And it’s true. When my brother and sister went to be with the Lord, I fell into a dark place for several months – and frankly, it did not accomplish anything. It didn’t help them or me. They are with the Lord and nothing I can do will change that – therefore my only option is life and living.
If that’s my choice, and it is…then I need to remember this word from TD Jakes and begin to water things that matter. I need to water what works, what is good and what is divine in my life. If I want to see harvest in my life, I must water only what is alive.
It made me stop and ponder for a few days. What are you watering in your life? Make no mistake about it – you are watering something – either life or death – what is it? Are you watering the loss you faced in the past? Are you watering lack and debt? Are you watering disappointment and the times you think God didn’t come through for you? What have you set your watering can by?
Me, I am going to water what is alive and ready to grow. I am watering His word and His promises in my life. I am reminding myself daily that He alone is my Master and Teacher and Savior and as I water my relationship with Him, He will turn all things for my good and bring me into a prosperous place… prosperous in my soul, my spirit and the rest of my life. This place, my friend, is a place of peace.
Today, ask yourself, what am I watering? Water what’s good!