Key verse for today: Isaiah 44:3, "I will pour out water upon thirsty ground and streams upon dry land. I will pour out my spirit upon your descendants and my blessing upon your offspring."
|A rocky stream in Hawaii - not a bad place |
to enjoy the gift of water
Hundreds of years after Isaiah, when Jesus spoke of living water - running water used as a metaphor for the Holy Spirit - this image makes good sense to people in an arid climate.
God's promise of pouring out the Holy Spirit as well as blessing upon us may be something in which we fail to immerse ourselves. I'm reminded of the song, Toes by Norah Jones:
The current is strong from what I've heard
It'll whisk you down the stream
But I never seem to have the time
So my toes just touch the water
My toes just touch the water
We may be reluctant recipients of God's grace. Could it be that we would rather not be beholden to God? We would rather not acknowledge grace in our lives because then it is easier to ignore God's call upon us. We dip a toe in the water rather than jumping in whole-heartedly!
How have you experienced God's blessing in your life? And the follow-up meddling question: what are you doing about it?
Breath Prayer: Jesus, give me living water.