My garden has been needing extra watering lately with our dryer weather. That’s one of the things we probably don’t think about so much, is the power of water to bring and sustain life, and without a regular supply, things just die. You might even think of water along these lines as “living water.”
I didn’t realize until our trip to Israel another way the term “living water” is used. Among other things, the guide was telling us the difference between wells and other sources of “living water” as opposed to what can often be dangerous, still or stagnant water. In that sense, “living water” is flowing water that is continually bringing in fresh water, as opposed to water that just sits in a pond or something, where dangerous things can grow in it.
Our next Messy Church is coming up soon, Sunday afternoon, Aug. 30, with the theme of “Living Water.” With my garden reminding me of the importance of regular watering, and with this theme bouncing around in my head, I’m also reminded how important it is for us to regularly encounter and draw from Jesus’ Living Water. A good rule of thumb for our physical survival is the rule of 3— we can only survive 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food—and that’s merely survival. But for thriving, we of course need much more!
The Greek word for Holy Spirit is the same as for wind or air, and if Jesus is the “Living Water”—both remind us of how essential REGULARLY, on a daily basis, living in the Spirit, and drawing from Jesus’ Living Water is, not only for our mere survival, but for thriving as God created us for. Every time we take a breath, every time we take a sip of refreshing water, can be a living parable of how much we need of the life God gives, not only on Sundays, but every day, every moment.
Keep that daily spiritual focus—and keep blessing others daily with Jesus’ Living Water too!