Peach says: I once had a dream where I was getting water out of the fridge to drink, just like was my habit in my waking. As I pictured myself doing so, (it was like I was watching myself do so) I heard in my mind The Lord telling me “If you will always drink this water, you will always be with me”.
Was He giving me health tips? Not exactly. We know clean, clear, ‘sparkling’ water IS healthy and vital for our well being. Both to hydrate our bodies, in order that they will be able to function properly, and also to be clean.
The Hebrew sages taught that ‘as in the natural, so in the spiritual’. That nature is a beautiful thing of function and beauty, pleasure, wonder and necessity, as it is also a living, breathing, teaching tool, an illustration of God’s principles in all kinds of times, in all kinds of ways.
Did you know an adult man’s body is about 55%-60% water? But a newborn infant is about 78% water? Within a year that decreases to about 65%.
In Ephesians 5, as Paul explained to sacredness of the gift of marriage, he pointed to the similarities of the relationship between a husband and wife, and the relationship between our Lord and His Church. In doing so, Paul described how the Lord tenderly cares for the Church, His Body, by ‘the washing of water by the Word.’
When Jesus was passing through Samaria, he made sure to be at the communal well, so he could meet a certain woman, a Samaritan, who had a reputation, having had many husbands and currently spending time with a man not her husband. This meant it was best for her to draw her necessary water at a time most other ladies weren’t around. As she worked to draw water, Jesus asked her for water. She was perplexed, as she knew he was a Jew and they had no dealings with her people, the Samaritans, in those days. She asked Him why He would be having anything to do with her, as their people groups did not interact.
“13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but WHOEVER drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” – John 4:13-15.
JESUS is the Living Word. The Word made flesh. The Expression of God the Father, in the way we needed Him, a tangible way we could experience Him, and so that we might be saved through His sacrifice. He not only washes us with the water by the Word, He IS the Word, and the Living Water! Not only has He saved us, (if we have put our faith in Him as our Saviour!), but He has also provided the means for us to be sanctified, (set apart for His use) through the ‘washing’ of us with ‘the water’ of His Word. Every time we get in His Word, we are refreshed, cleansed, made lively and fit for His service! Better able to function at our Godly best. I love how He expressed it in John 7. “37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” – John 7:37-39.
Not only would He GIVE us water, but He would make His home in us, through His Holy Spirit, to be our unending supply!
Just think, nothing dirty, nothing unclean, can stay that way, being continuously washed over, poured through, with fresh clear water. Though we live in a fallen world, and we were born fallen people, and are surrounded by fallen people, we who believe, are INDEED born again, made fresh and new! He continues His transformative work in us, day by day, experience after experience, and washes away our grime, and the mud of the world, the grit of the parching of life, in what can at times feel like the desert, by washing His Word over our weary souls, our sometimes clouded minds! He lets His Holy Spirit bubble up inside of us, to remind us of the Goodness of Our Father, and our identity as His Son or Daughter, as well as the fact that we are IN the world, but not OF the World. The FACT that the Greater One LIVES IN US!! How great is that? Hard to stay down when we dwell on these life transforming truths!
I like to think as we immerse ourselves in His Word, to learn HIS perspective on life and our purpose and the challenges we face, but also the promises to thrive He has given us, we, a sip at a time, become more hydrated, more like the newborn child, more at 78% water than at 55%-60%! “ 16 But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” – Luke 18:16-17.
Have a great week!