Isn’t water simply amazing? Right about now, my husband is assuredly rolling his eyes, as several of my readers may be doing as well…I could go on about water at length, and with great delight. Every now and then it pops into my head about how interesting water is, and I just have to share!
Think about it; if God had not designed and created this wonderful element to behave in exactly the way it does, life wouldn’t work. We need it to live, and not just in the way many people think about it. For one simple example; when water freezes, it expands. With this unusual property…ice floats in water.
Hmmm…ok, so what? Because ice floats, this allows life to continue on even in the face of winter. What do you think would happen to all the living things in water where it gets cold enough to freeze, if water sank when it froze? They’d be dead. The fact that ice floats makes the fish in my pond very very happy.
Water, like all other God designed elements of nature, can be a friend. We drink it, we live. It keeps us healthy; it allows our internal organs to function, it keeps us cleaned out, it is a must for out metabolism, it helps our complexions, helps us lose or maintain weight, etc… etc… (Yes, you want to get healthy faster? forget all that pop you are drinking and switch to water, and no, kool-aid doesn’t count! ) Water helps us keep clean, allows us to trade and travel with/to other countries, helps us to grow food, keep our animals healthy, gives us a place to play…
Water is to be respected as well. Drinking too much of it too fast can kill you, floods destroy homes, massive rains and floods can eat away at the earth very very quickly, water forms coastlines, conducts electricity, smooths rocks, can take our life if we drown… Yes, it is like fire and wind; harness and respect it and it can give us energy and life, but in a different form, it is destructive; water has power.
Water is a prominent theme in Christianity. It is used for both actual cleanliness, and as a metaphor for cleanliness, and even burial. Baptism is what most people will think of, which is actually based in Judaism, of course. Baptism is pretty much taking part in being “purified” in a mikvah, a Jewish ritual bath. We, as Christians, see that as water cleanses our physical selves, faith in Christ and His life, death, and resurrection cleanses our spiritual selves.
It is an outward showing of our faith, and symbolizes how our sin is washed away with faith in Christ, and also symbolizes how the Spirit Himself washes over us. Water is symbolic of life and renewal, and also of burial. As Christ was buried when He was dead, so He came up out of the earth to new life; that is what we show by being submerged “dead in our sins” and rising to new life in Christ.
But, the use of water in Christianity does not stop there; Christ Himself is a font of living water, and it can become so in you too upon faith in His name.
John 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
I’ve also shown how Jesus can control of the very elements in a previous post: A call for calm… Water itself can help calm us; I love the sound of the ocean, of a gentle rain, of a babbling brook, or water can make us nervous as well; waves crashing against a boat we happen to find ourselves in, the splash of someone falling into the water, the rushing sound of a flood.
Water is all around us, so it can serve as a reminder of how great God is! In His creation of water, and His use of water to bring us to Himself in a very meaningful way; God, the life giver, and the purifier of life. Though we are called to Baptism once upon profession of our faith (and it is the faith in Christ that saves, not the physical act of being dunked) , it is neat just to remember the washing away of our sins whenever we are around water, especially as we bathe, swim, or take a shower.
So, next time you see the rain fall, or hear a river rushing by, or are taking a simple drink of H2O, pause a bit to consider how amazing water really is, and hence how awesome and amazing the Creator is that gave it to us!