Today I find a few free hours to visit my favorite place. Fortunately for them, unfortunately for me, someone beat me to my favorite spot in my favorite place. I drive through the park to my second favorite spot. Bird-watching is nearly impossible from this vantage point. However, from here I can eves-drop on the chatty river as it clamors over slabs of granite bedrock.
Rivers amaze me. As I sit on the bank, shaded by red oak, sugar maple and basswood, I wonder at the volume of water passing by, even in this relatively small stream. And no matter how much flows past, there is always more, and more and more. The current keeps a constant tempo. There are no breaks, no pauses, no hints of hesitation as it scampers downstream. It just keeps coming from some unseen, seemingly limitless, source upstream, ever filling the little falls with the waters of life.
He who believes in Me,” scripture said, “from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38) Jesus offered the same living water to the Samaritan woman He met at the well. He said it would become a well of water springing up to eternal life. (John 4) I try to wrap my spiritual mind around Jesus’s words as the water rumbles on. God pours out a river of rich mercy, unfailing love, divine righteousness, and perfect peace. His living waters are limitless, flowing unabated from His abundant goodness toward all who love Him. However, God doesn’t just saturate souls so they can be self-satisfied. He fills them to overflowing so the living water pours out to quench other thirsty souls. I think it must tie in with God telling Abraham, “You have been blessed to be a blessing to the nations.” The living water flowing from us draws others to the Well that Never Runs Dry.
Perhaps God intended me to sit here today so the river could soothe my spirit and sing to my soul. Perhaps He appointed the river to remind me of my Creator’s limitlessness. (Is that a word?) Or perhaps the river is showing me how to live… joyfully, energetically, relentlessly carrying the Water of Life to a thirsty world.