While walking along a pebbly beach at low tide, my eye was captured by the paths left by little rivulets of water running back into the ocean.
When I was a child, I loved to imagine what it would be like to be tiny, surrounded by other tiny things that would in fact seem gigantic to me!
Imagine these little paths in the sand as deep canyons cut by rushing rivers of water, strong enough to carry along large rocks and boulders. How would this landscape look to an ant, if it had the brain capacity to even think about such things?
Smaller tributaries come together to form larger and larger streams and rivers, always finding the path of least resistance in the never-ending pull down. Water follows the rules. Whether a few drips, a puddle coming from a leaky hose, a flooded street after a rainstorm, or spring snow melt flowing down the mountainside, water always flows down. You can tell where the nearest low spot is by where the water gathers.
Now imagine a photograph of earth from space. I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to make that trip to take a picture for you, but I know you’ve seen one! Think about this. Does water really flow down, or does it actually flow in? Water follows the rule of gravity, and what seems like down to us is really just in towards the center of the earth.
But what about springs? Don’t they flow up (or out, depending on your perspective!)? Straight from the USGS site, “A spring is the result of an aquifer being filled to the point that the water overflows onto the land surface” (http://water.usgs.gov/edu/watercyclesprings.html).
Filled to overflowing
Twice in Jeremiah, God is referred to as the spring of living water (Jeremiah 2:13, 17:13). Then in John 4:10, Jesus tells the woman at the well, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
Are you feeling parched? Is your heart thirsty? Spend time with your Creator, who knows you inside and out.
- Read His Word, the Bible.
- Talk to Him, and listen for His voice.
- Be still and soak in His presence.
- Ask Him to fill you with His living water. Let His living water flow in and fill the aquifer of your heart.
Later on in John, Jesus tells the crowds at the Temple,
Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart’.John 7:37-38
That word “anyone” applies to you, my friend!
When we drink deeply from the living waters, the aquifer of our heart fills to overflowing. Then we are able to share God’s living water with others as it flows out in springs and rivers.
Be blessed, and be filled today!
Today’s a great day for a Throwback Thursday post! I’ve been blogging since 2015. What was I writing about six years ago?? This post was originally published November 2 of my blog’s first year. I’ve made a few small changes, but the main idea remains the same: Be Filled to Overflowing!