I have a shamrock plant in the office that someone gave me a few years ago. I had it on a shelf with limited light, obstructed by a big banana tree. Truth be told, I have probably kept it watered just enough to keep it from dying. A couple of weeks ago I placed it in a larger pot and moved it to a better spot. The transformation has been remarkable with larger leaves and flowers fighting their way out of the greenery. The plant has responded well to a little nurturing.
It is a good reminder to me that when things do not seem to be flourishing, it is usually because they are not receiving the proper attention. Think about it: grades at school, marriages, personal health, automobiles… none of them excel without some proper attention, some work, and/or some TLC. The effort we put in to things usually dictates the result we can expect. We should not be surprised when we receive a poor outcome from something we have neglected.
The same is true of our relationship with Jesus. Any time we feel distant from Him is undoubtedly because we have been distant from Him, because we have neglected Him. He said He will never leave you nor forsake you. If we give Him the proper place in our lives, everything other area of our lives will see a benefit.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:19