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Water on a Parched Land

by Don Pedal  
1/03/2015 / Christian Living

As I listened to the discussions about water and the coming shortage, I thought about the effect it might have on our economy, health and well-being. The economy will be affected by a lack of water for fracking in the oil industry, forcing the shutting down of wells. The power industry will be forced to abandon nuclear plants due to a lack of cooling water. Lack of water for the generation of electrical energy will cause prices to rise beyond the means of some of our unfortunate retirees and lower income residents. The availability of safe drinkable water will cause its price to rise also.
It sounds serious, doesn't it?
As I thought about how water is important to each one of us, I began to think about a different kind of water that you would never read about in our daily newspapers.
We know that water for our bodies is vital to our well-being. That is true; however, the water I am speaking of is even more vital to our well-being. How can that be! The water I speak of affects our daily life and more importantly, our eternal life with God. Jesus spoke about this water in the Book of John when He said, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him". (John 7:37, 38). Verse 39 goes on to say, "By this He meant The Holy Spirit, whom those who believed were later to receive". (Up to that time The Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified). Let us take note that this water would be given to those who sincerely believe in Him and flow from within the believer. Now that Jesus has died, risen from the grave and entered into glory, we receive The Spirit when we are born again.
The miraculous water we receive when we are born again, flowing onto a parched land, has the power to change the world. The parched land I am speaking of is our secular world, a world of consumerism, pleasure, accumulation of wealth, sex, fame, and the chrome and plastic of leisure. This water has the power to change the world by changing us first, quietly from within, to conform to the person that we were created to be.

God created us to be unique individuals, walking with Him every day, in a close relationship. We are meant to be a mirror of His love, forgiveness, and blessing to those, in our world, who may never grace the inside of a church. The world out there, filled with suffering, hurting, depressed souls, is waiting and hoping for some way out of their pain and despair. They are waiting for Living Water to flow into their parched lives.
The busyness of our whirlwind lives makes it difficult to stop long enough to pray, with gratitude and thanksgiving, for the many blessings we enjoy daily and, perhaps, take for granted.
A lack of gratitude hardens the dry, parched, ground of our secular lives.
To help us be truly grateful, let us review some of those blessings now. How about our health, both physical and mental, and the medical care that helps keep it that way. Then there is our daily bread given so abundantly and with love each day. (That includes all of our needs, not only our food). In addition, our safety and freedom to worship, and our warm dry home in a safe environment. To top it all off, have you considered the beautiful flowers, birds and animals, music and art that we are free to enjoy.
After considering all these blessings so lovingly given to us, are we truly grateful? Do we realize that with these blessings, comes the responsibility to share them with others? The question now is, how to bring living water into the parched life of another.
We must first realize that this secular world cannot provide our spiritual needs. The government, money, power, prestige and even we, cannot produce living water in another individual. Only God can supply these. For the Living Water to flow we must make radical decisions to change our ways.
We must first believe it can happen and then trust God that it will happen. Nothing will happen without belief and commitment. The desire must be strong enough to provide the discipline for change.
All this leads us now to personal self-examination, quietly, before our Lord.
We might say a prayer similar to this:

Lord, I come before you now. I love you and wish to serve you each day as you lead me through your Holy Spirit. I come openly and without reservations of any kind to seek your will in my life. You have filled my life with living water, a blessing I did not earn or deserve. My desire now is to seek your will that I may become a source of blessing to others who know not of the wonderful gift of Living Water that you wish to bring to their parched lives. Show me how to be that channel of your love and grace to others who are wandering in the desert and frustration of a parched land.
Praise be to your Holy Name. May your will be done in my life. Amen.
If you are sincere, your prayer will be answered. You will find Living Water flowing through you. You will also feel a joy and peace that will enrich your life every day as you walk with Him.
Now is the time to pray! Now is the time to act!

As a senior citizen, I am dedicated to serving the Lord through sharing my experiences and insights with other believers. My primary focus is upon being an disciple of Jesus and, in being one, I can help others to find their spiritual way also.
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