Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Living Things

Good afternoon, friends!

My goodness, it's been a lovely day on Pleasant Drive! I have been outside most of the day, and it was unusually cool and breezy. Because we live way up on the top of a big 'ole hill, we generally have at least a little breeze, but it seemed especially refreshing today.

I spent my morning working in the yard. I have such a continuous love-hate relationship with this yard. Our dirt is terrible, which makes growing things a challenge. Anyway, every couple of weeks, I have to move around a plant or two to save it's waning life from the dreadful heat. Today was my appointed lifesaver day.

When I was finished with my task, I made a salad (spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, basil from my yard, tuna, avocado, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette) and plopped down at the patio table on the courtyard. The courtyard is like its own little sanctuary. Most of the time, it is shaded and about 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the universe. As I was sitting there, I thought about how good it feels to dig in the dirt and then eat a meal that is directly from the dirt. Living off the land, so to speak, can be so invigorating to one's body.

When I finished my meal, I moved my chair into the sun and opened up my Bible to John 4. I'm almost done reading through the gospels. What a journey it has been! Read verses 13 and 14.

13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” [NLT]

A few things popped out at me when I read this description of Living Water.

1. Jesus described the water as a fresh, bubbling spring. A spring is active, not stagnant. He didn't say pond or lake. He made it very clear that His water was an active part of the partakers' lives. Isn't it good to know that the Spirit is active in us?

2. This water is living. Part of the 2nd grade science curriculum that I'm responsible for teaching includes lessons on "Living Things". The main idea is that living things:
a. grow
b. change
c. look like their parents (either plant or animal)

Is this not a wonderful way to look at our lives when we drink in the Living Water? God desires for us to grow in His grace, change from our childlike ways to a more mature faith, and to look like our Heavenly Father.

Are you alive today? Are you living as though you have a fresh, bubbling spring within you? Or, are you leading a life of stagnation? Let's tap into the Living Water within us. Let's grow. Let's change. Let's look more and more like our Father.

1 comment:

Camille said...

What a beautiful analogy and mind picture to dwell upon. There's an old children's song about "bubbling bubbling" but I can't recall it.