By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
At Christmas I became the hesitant owner of a Paperwhite Narcissus Bulb Kit – Ziva. Hesitant because things looked pretty barren in that mostly empty box. However, it was worth trying if success meant the heady perfume I associate with narcissi.
According to the Growing Instructions, I was to “place the media disc into the pot and add warm water” – between 2 and 2 ½ cups for the media disc to expand.
Let me tell you, media disc is not what it sounds like. This was not a DVD or CD, but a 1-inch-thick, hard-packed dry piece of something that looked like dirt but wasn’t.
I wish I had photographed it before and after. I placed the disc in the pot, added water, turned around to do something else, and turned back around to see the five-inch pot full of … *media.
Full, as in over the top. Nearly miraculous. I felt like someone had sneaked up behind me when I wasn’t looking and filled the pot.
For many of you, this kit procedure is a common occurrence. You’ve done this every year for decades. For me, however it was a new experience.
Next, I planted the bulbs, left the tops showing, put the pot in a cool place (the back bedroom) for ten days and let it root. After ten days, I moved it to the dining room and watered it with the rest of my plants.
Five days later, I took the picture on the left. Three days after that, I took the picture on the right. By next week, it may reach the ceiling.
The point is, I just added water.
It doesn’t get much easier than that.
The phrase “just add water” has been used for years as a selling point for packaged mixes, soups, and other “instant” foods. But seeing this sudden transformation helped me realize the same can be said of us.
When we “just add water” that Jesus offers, our dry dormant selves expand and grow into what they were created to be.
And if we continue to add His water of Life, we’ll bloom into perfume-bearing believers that will bless others.
But those who drink the water I give
will never be thirsty again.
It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them,
giving them eternal life.”
John 4:14 NLT
Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere,
like a sweet perfume.
2 Corinthians 2:14
That evening, Ella sank into the copper tub until her shoulders slipped beneath the silky water and her bobbed hair teased its surface. She had not expected such luxury so far from Denver, particularly the Hotel Denton’s running cold and hot water. Steam coated the gilded mirror on the wall next to the tub, obscuring her reflected image and confirming her over-indulgence.
She toed the lever, sighing as warmth swirled beneath her legs and back. After a day of stumbling around boulders at Grape Creek and tripping on loose, flaky rock the locals called shale, she wanted nothing more than to stay in the tub all night.
Her leg ached. Her heart ached. All of her ached, but the heat was helping—exactly what she’d heard about the Hot Springs Hotel. Evidently people came from far and wide for the springs’ curative powers. But if she wanted to take the waters there, she’d have to hire a hack or entrust herself to an unknown local automobile driver.
Her shudder sent ripples dancing across the water. ~A Change of Scenery
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*media 2. the intervening substance through which impressions are conveyed to the senses or a force that acts on objects at a distance; the substance in which an organism lives or is cultured.