Normally, as I water my garden each morning, I just use a hose and spray everything down until it is good and soaked. It is time effective, and I can check a task off my list. This morning, however, I made a fertilizer-water mix and watered each plant by hand. I noticed a few of the plants had leaves that were shriveled up and dying, and other little things going on. As I was watering them individually, I was able to tend to each of their individual needs. Some needed dead limbs clipped off. One needed a rock to hold up the stems a little higher to keep it from drowning in the pile of water. Some needed the dirt moved around so the water didn’t pool up too much.
As I was doing all of this, I kept thinking of the phrase “ministering to the one“. If I had just kept watering like normal, all of these needs wouldn’t have been tended to. All the plants would have probably still been fine if I didn’t take the time to do this today, but now they are much better than they were before.
Ministering to the one….it’s been on my mind all day since then. I love how our Savior knows and loves us as individuals. I also love that through other people, He is able to reach us all individually.
Take a moment during the day to listen to those small promptings for ways we can minister to the one. Are you the one who has been ministered to? (Did you receive a text out of the blue from a friend when you needed a pick me up? Or a smile from a stranger?) Say a prayer of thanks for being cared for on an individual level by a loving Father in Heaven.