Fellow blogger Julie Garro wrote today about the refreshing nature of water. Water is amazing and it’s ironic (or providential) that her blog came in my email today, for two other references to water came as well… I am unemployed and have been for 7 months and a dear friend wrote to me this morning: “Hang in there…the rain won’t last forever and your boat won’t sink…” in my reply, I wrote, after telling him about my job search, etc, “In the meantime, I keep plodding along. Like a farmer plowing his field, waiting for rain.” There are so many references to water in Scripture!
Perhaps the most encouraging is Jesus and the woman at the well—Jesus is “living water” (John 4.10b) and His water “will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4.14). So, in a sense, even if we’re in the middle of the Mojave Desert, we are near water—His water, welling up in us to eternal life.
Why didn’t Jesus choose air as the metaphor with the woman at well? I think it relates to the Chinese proverb that I wrote about in this previous post: “If you want to know what water is like, don’t ask the fish.” Air, to us, is like water to the fish. It’s life-giving, but we also live in it, take it for granted, never have to go looking for it, etc.—kind of like water to the fish.
May we, today and always, be “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1.3