Too Much of a Good Thing
I’m disappointed to report that I’ve already had my first fail in my attempt at container gardening. Last weekend when I bought 3 new herbs I also bought some “self-watering” pots at the local hardware store. They were cheap and didn’t come with instructions. About five days after planting them I noticed that my dill was basically dead. Two days later I noticed my purple sage was shriveling up. With a quick Google search my husband read that dill doesn’t like a lot of water. I blamed all the rain we’d had. But when the sage was also dying I decided something else must be up.
Upon closer inspection, I realized that my little herbs were swimming in water! What I didn’t think about is that my self-watering containers had no hole in the bottom for drainage. That would be great inside where you could control the amount of water they get but not great when rain happens! Oh, and I should mention that when it didn’t rain I watered them. I figured being in the sun all day they would need water. Oops. I’ve attempted to save them by dumping out the sopping soil, adding dry, punching a hole in the bottom of the containers and planting them again. I don’t have high hopes. I did learn from it, though. Who knew that outside plants could get too much water in the summer heat! My experience has always been the other way around…..plants drying up and dying. While the water is good, there obviously can be too much of a good thing.
As humans we need water to survive. I’ve discovered more recently how hydration is so important for our bodies to function properly. If I don’t drink enough I get a headache and other unpleasant effects I won’t mention. But as good as water is to our bodies, we can also get too much. You may have read a few years ago about a woman who died by drinking an excess of water in a radio contest. She literally drowned. It was called water intoxication.
It’s also possible to take the good things that God gives us and go too far with them. Of course, the first thing I think of is food. God intended it for our good. We have to have it to survive but we often times take it too far. Not only do we overeat but we make it into something it’s not. Food becomes comfort, obsession, competition, and even entertainment. There are whole networks devoted to it!
God gives us rest and sleep but he doesn’t intend for us to be lazy. God gives us work but He doesn’t intend for us to work around the clock. We can even take our ministries too far by having them become who we are or doing so many that we are burned out.
While food, sleep, work and ministries for the Lord are all good things, we get into trouble when they become the main thing. When anything but God consumes our time, thoughts, and devotion, they have become our idols.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights and with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17 ESV
Are there gifts God has given you that are now a burden? From the James passage you can see that His gifts are good and perfect. Might I suggest that it’s us that make them burdensome? Ask God to reveal to you areas you may need to either prioritize or put back into perspective. May He also reveal to you the gifts that He has given. Then take some time to thank Him and be grateful.
Have a great day!