Living Water

Standing on the shore of an Oklahoma lake, I observed the trenches and eroded surfaces of the rock. These rocks were slowly – over years of time – broken, shaped, and polished by moving water. Rain, passing seasons of freezing and thawing, and the rising and falling of the level of the lake accomplished this miraculous artistry that caused me to stare in awe.

Rocks broken by water.

Even though I know the science behind this phenomenon, I find that amazing.

Water is a powerful resource. It quenches thirst and cleans the dirty, but when it moves it takes trees and houses and people and land with it. It is necessary for life, but it has the power to reshape entire cities. Just look at Louisiana right now.

Several times in scripture, references to the power of water occur. Jesus promises living water (John 7:37-39) when he speaks of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of believers.  God calls the thirsty (Isaiah 55:1) to come and drink freely, and God uses His Word to wash His people (Ephesians 5:27-29).

God uses water, and rocks are broken by water.

Sometimes I pray about hard hearts, my own included. I want to see immediate turning – instantaneous change – or I become discouraged or perturbed.

Today God reminded me that He is working – just like the water on the rocks,

and the Living Water can break through the rock of the hardest heart.

My job is to keep praying, keep sharing God’s Word, and let God do His work.

Psalm 74:12 For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Photo – Beavers Bend State Park, Beth Mims

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