Refreshing Wilted Spirits
By Susan Aken
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25
Parched souls are all around us. Friends like flowers need care.
My flowers were dead. The leaves were wilted and the petals drooping. I decided to water them anyway, and a miracle happened. Within minutes, a different plant emerged. The flowers lifted their heads and the leaves perked up. They weren’t dead, just desperate for water.
Sometimes we meet people like that. Their spirits are wilted and they’re losing hope. Their eyes are dull and their faces downcast. But if we pour water upon them by smiling, speaking a kind word, giving encouragement, or lending a hand, we’ll often see a transformation. Their spirits will lift, their faces will light up, and their souls become refreshed.
Today’s verse paints a beautiful picture. The person who liberally blesses others will personally be enriched. I envision a person watering another while rain from heaven falls on her. As she gives to others, God fills her up. 2 Corinthians 9:6 teaches this same principle: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
I easily forget this basic truth: I can’t out give God. When I share generously with others, His abundance fills my soul. The gifts of joy, peace, wisdom, contentment, and love come from Him. The more I show love to others, the more I experience His love towards me.
How can you refresh someone else today?
Susan Aken is a homemaker, teacher, writer, and frequent contributor to Wholly Loved Ministries’ projects. She lives in Nebraska but was born and raised in Oklahoma. She and her husband have one son. Her greatest love is for the Lord Jesus Christ who has redeemed her and set her free. Susan enjoys reading, photography, spending time with family and friends, and writing. She has a heart for prayer ministry and loves her church. Visit her online at susanaken53.wordpress.com
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