July 3

Sprinkle the salt discreetly

“And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land” (2 Kings 2:21).

In the story of old when the water was bitter and the land was barren, the prophet took a cruse of salt and cast it into the spring. At once the fountain was healed, and the land became fruitful. Christ’s true disciple is just such a cruse of salt in the Master’s hand, one whose presence has power to heal life’s bitterness, making the water of life sweet for those about us, and planting the waste and desolate places of life with a beauty like the garden of the Lord. Surely Heaven itself could have no fairer sight for our blessed Master than such a disciple here in the midst of our busy life, one whose noiseless influence is like a breath of Heaven, bringing wholesomeness, sweetness and strength. To come into contact with such an one is to find a healing virtue.

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