We made it to Ohio’s ocean this past weekend and it did not disappoint. I’m not sure what it is about being near water that calms the soul but I’m so glad it does. I’m glad God created numerous waters when he made the earth, and put this innate desire within us to go there and be refreshed
It’s no wonder that the Bible speaks so much about the Living Water the Lord has for us. If even earthly water refreshed our souls, how much more will the heavenly springs within us keep our bones from drying out.
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. John 7:37-38
71% of the earth is covered in water. I find it so fascinating that even though we cannot live in it, and much of that water we cannot even drink, God knew it needed to be there. He knew we needed the mystery of the depths, and calm of the waves, the blue reflected off the sky to embolden our souls to hope instead of despair.
Water is dangerous. There are currents, rip tides, storms, gales, and drowning to worry about. It is not easy to be on the water, yet we take the risk to be near it, to be on it because it refreshes us.
Life with Jesus is risky. There are no guarantees of a simple, carefree life. In fact Jesus promises persecution and hardship and a laying down of our lives if we choose to follow after Him. But we are drawn to Him as we are drawn to water knowing He truly is the only refresher of our soul. He is the only one who will give us peace.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
If you are in need of refreshing, ask Jesus into it. It won’t always be easy, it won’t always be pretty, but soon those streams of water will bubble up inside you and you will never, ever thirst again.
(day 7 of Blogtober)