Searching the Ripples…
As I walk along the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas among people hurrying through life, I find flickers of peace as I watch the water move through the city. As the light flickers off the ripples, I find some inner peace among all this busyness of life. I want to shout to those who are missing the peace from the water because of this fast pace of life they are distracted by as they move through life. How many are just missing the calm waters each day of their lives?
Proverbs 18:4, “The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.”
Christ’s Living Water
Recently, my husband shared an article from earthables, Science Reveals How a Visit to the Beach Actually Changes Your Brain, As I was reading this article, my mind began wondering what God’s purpose for water in our lives might have been. What symbol or meaning should water provide in our lives when we are surrounded by its peace? As I searched scripture, I was not surprised by the common thread of living water. Jesus is our living water and he provides peace, grace, and salvation in our lives. Each time I am near water, I am reminded of God’s love through his provision of living water for us by his son, Jesus Christ. Water is a symbol of peace in our lives just as Christ’s sacrifice provides for our eternal lives. The Samaritan woman at the well found peace in her life from the living water of Jesus in John 4: 13-15, ‘Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”’. Like the woman at the well, we must turn to Christ’s living water to find peace and quench our thirst. Summer is a great time to find some water, recharge and refocus on Christ in our lives and the full meaning of his sacrifice for our weary souls.
Yes, Summer is finally here, so why is it that I am missing the peacefulness of the water. I am longing for some relaxation by the ocean. I feel like I have not stopped to enjoy the summer days yet, and I need the peace that I find near the water. Walking along the Riverwalk in San Antonio reminded me of this deep need to reflect and reconnect with my inner being and my relationship with Christ. The verse in 1 John 5:8 is a great summer motto, “The Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.” I need to reconnect all three again to find his peaceful agreement in my life.
Summer is my time to renew myself from the dry and coldness that Winter brought into my life. I was David in Psalm 63:1, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water,” but I seek the water that Christ gave to the Samaritan woman at the well. I seek his water to replenish my relationship with him. Each time this summer that I find myself near the water by relaxing on the boat, walking along a river, or sticking my toes in the sand on the beach, I will remember the sacrifice that Christ made to provide that living water that nourishes my soul.