Growing up, I was quite the waterbug. I loved to swim and embraced every aspect of a water park. It never matter how awful a lake smelled, I would always swim in it. I was not naturally a swimmer though. I had to start out playing on a splash pad or jumping through sprinklers. As I got older, I slowly progressed to the kiddy pool where I slid down the tongue of a frog in my 3-year-old ocean that was the 2 feet deep section. I learned how to swim and worked my way up to the big girl pool and eventually swam in the ocean on my first trip to the beach the summer before my sophomore year of high school.
I find it amazing how something so simple and endless as water is so significant in life. Without it, our brains and bodies cannot physically function. Yet it also has the power to destroy a house as many residents in Houston can testify of or destroy an island as the people of Puerto Rico have discovered time after time. I find it amazing how water has the ability to sustain life and take it away.
Job 1:21 says, “And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”” As Carrie Underwood points out, “There must be something in the water.” As I read through the Bible, I notice how often water is a medium through which God accomplishes his work. When God saw how evil the world was in the time of Noah, He sent a flood. In Ezekiel 35, Ezekiel prophesies about God saying “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you”. The word of God is referenced in Ephesians 5 because the Word acts as a cleansing agent which explains what Paul meant when he wrote concerning Jesus’ cleansing the church “that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish”. The author of Hebrews writes in chapter 10 “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water”. 1st John 5 even speaks of water testifying: “For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.”
I could go on and on about how water is discussed in relation to the word of God, salvation, the Spirit of God, and fountains of living water; however, water is clearly spiritually significant as well as physically significant.
I hope you reflect on faith with me as I look into the water that is God’s word. Some of us may be in the kiddy pool of faith. Some of us may be on the shore of God’s ocean. There is always room for growth. There is always something bigger we can grasp for God is infinite and unable to be grasped.