Oct 1, 2012

Living Water

We went to the waterfalls in Cuetzalan on a Sunday. We weren't able to go to church there, and I remembered what day it was after the initial excitement of playing in the water died down. So, I started to turn my thoughts towards Christ.

I've always been amazed by water. It brings me peace through its gentle calming effect. Its power to clear everything in its path and tear away at stone terrifies me. It quenches my thirst and cools me off on a hot summer day. I love being completely emerged in it and tuning out the world. I love it's cleansing power, through simply taking a shower or by being baptized.

Water is such a simple thing, but it's so essential to life, and has so many different purposes and performs so many different functions. As I sat admiring the waterfall at Cuetzalan, looking at the pattern the water carved into the mountain, the pure force of the water coming down off the cliff, watching people swim and play in the water, and seeing the joy that it brought them, I thought about how perfect of a comparison water is to Jesus Christ.

Christ is like the water in a river. He can reshape and tear away at mountains and completely change the landscape of an area- literally and metaphorically. When you let Christ into your life he completely changes who you are, and the direction your life is headed in. The light of Christ that you already had, shines brighter and is more visible than it ever was before. Nothing can change your life for the better in the way the Jesus Christ can.

He also brings the same peace that running water brings. I don't know what it is about rivers, streams, waterfalls, lakes, and oceans, but they just have that undeniable ability to slow life down, and to just make nothing else matter for a little while, and all the things that do matter and are stressful, just aren't nearly as bad as you thought they were. Christ has that same power. No matter what life throws at you, even if it's hard, with comfort from Christ, everything just seems a little bit easier. That's part of why he suffered so much for us in the Garden of Gethsemane, so that he would always understand exactly what we were feeling, and exactly what we were going through. He wanted to be able to comfort us, and make our burdens easier to bear.
No one can live without water. It's a simple fact of life. You can make it for about 3 days and then you're a goner.  Likewise,  you need Christ to survive. I honestly don't know how people can go through life without Him. It's hard enough as it is, let alone making it that much harder. But on a more eternal perspective,  eternal life and immortality only come through Jesus Christ. He literally gives us life. And those are my thoughts on Christ and water. If you want to hear his own words, read John chapter 4.

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