We have this kiddie pool out in the backyard filled with what was once clear cool water. I’d like to say after a day, the water is a bit darker and has leaves and some bugs in it.
We implemented a water bucket on the side of that kiddie pool so that the kids can dip their feet in to rinse off dirt and grass and leaves before dipping into the pool. This has helped a little.
The thoughts around water.. drinking water and all brings me to think often about the pureness of water, especially drinking water.
In the Bible, specifically in John Chapter 4, Jesus calls himself living water when he meets the Samaritan Woman.
Friends, how often do we have an encounter so to speak or come to a junction. We’re left having to process an experience and within that experience we can choose this way or that… When we’ve encountered trouble, we’re looking for a solution. Have you ever felt most times your solution was like a trying to hold back running waters? Might I suggest a best way out or a best way through: Jesus is the best way through, in, out, and any preposition you might use.
When we’re trying to drink pure waters to keep hydrated or wanting to swim in clean waters, we’re going to make sure we get to the source. I don’t think we’ll drink of any water or take the top of a mud puddle to fill a pool. Likewise, when we want to find strength or peace, might I suggest that we go to Jesus? In John 4:10 we read:
Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
Here he speaks to even us! Let’s turn from earthly things to fill the spiritual. Jesus reminds us: his grace is sufficient. If you’re looking for help and you turn only to people, you’ll be left wanting more companionship. If you go to one more drink, you’ll keep drinking. If you look to the next high, you’ll fall so low. I can guarantee this for the one who calls upon the name of Jesus to be saved, to put his or her trust in Jesus. I do. I trust him. He will be with you. Psalm 91: 1-2, a psalm of David, reads:
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
God, thank you for the reminder through your word, the Bible and through your Spirit that we can trust in you completely. God, you are our refuge and our strength. God, I need you and your wisdom and strength and grace for today. Will you show yourself to me today? Amen.