The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Proverbs 13:4
We used to have a large, older-type swimming pool when we lived in Oklahoma City. Though it was not modern, it was a great size for lap swimming and we really enjoyed having people over to swim.
After dealing with lots of little girls’ curly hair and chlorine (and tears), I started doing some research on how we could keep up the pool without chemicals. We ran into a company that used salt to naturally maintain swimming pools.
Wow, we loved the salt treatment for the pool. It was like being transported to the ocean in our own backyard. But, here was the catch. We had to consistently keep a certain amount of salt going in the pool, or, you guessed it. Green pool. How do I know that? Well . . .
That one time we lapsed on the daily salt treatment taught us well. The salt had to continue to flow through the pump to stay on top of the entire volume of the pool. Just a little bit of slacking caused the whole thing to go south. It wasn’t impossible to get on top of it after that, but doubly hard for awhile until consistency gave the results we wanted again.
Our hearts are like that. Proverbs 4:23 says we must keep our heart with all diligence because the issues of life flow from it. We have to stay on top of our heart with the “salt” of the Word of God. It clears away the trash and keeps the fountain flowing. Literally and figuratively, maintaining our hearts with consistency leads to life, here and beyond.
Pass the salt, please . . .