Full of Water

“You visit the earth and water it,You greatly enrich it;

the river of God is full of water;

You provide the people with grain,

for so You have prepared it.”

—Psalm 65:9
A friend gave a bottle of water to me as a gift. She had decorated the outside of the swirled plastic bottle with colourful paper in the middle. 

Next, she attached a single powdered packet of orange flavouring. Part of the note with it read, “Enjoy your summer–relax, renew, refresh.”
We all have to have water to live. 

God gives us that water. 

He causes the rain to come. 

He provides the source for our water. 

The river of God is full of water–everything that we will ever need is readily available from God. 

Get Insight

How much better to get wisdom than gold,to get insight rather than silver!

—Proverbs 16:16

It was a small thing, really. 

I wanted to wash dishes so I began running the water and squirting dishwashing liquid into the water. 

Something wasn’t right, though. 

The sink wasn’t filling up with water. 

Checking further, I found that I had neglected to put the stopper in the drain. 

The water and the detergent were simply flowing down the drain, missing my purpose for them entirely. 

I know I need wisdom. 

Being a wise person surely means more than having money. 

Sometimes, I can imagine that my efforts–though good intentionally–are flowing down the drain. 

If that’s happening, I’ve probably not remembered something—I need to pray about those efforts and see if I have forgotten to ask God if that’s what He wants for me right then. 

Doing what God wants is worth more than silver or gold. 

God Has Been Making It Grow

In 1 Corinthians, chapter 3, Paul addresses what some had been saying.

Some people were saying, “I follow Paul.”

Other people were saying, “I follow Apollos.”

Both Paul and Apollos were men who were serving God and through their witness, the people believed in Jesus.

He wanted them to understand what was most important, and what was most important wasn’t Paul or Apollos.

Paul speaks to them in this chapter using the example of seed:

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.

—1 Corinthians 3:6

As we look back in our own lives, there have been faithful people who have invested the truth of the gospel in us at various times.

Believing parents and grandparents.

A Sunday School teacher.

A youth director.

A Christian camp counselor.

A pastor.

A close friend.

As time passes and our situations and locations change, God can still take the seed that has been planted earlier and cause it to be watered by others through their investment in us.

All the while, it is only God who is making this seed of salvation and faith grow.

It is by His power and love that this takes place.

It is a beautiful circle of life.

Someone invests in us and we, then, invest in others.

And all the while, it is God who makes us grow….

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Rule in Your Hearts

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

—Colossians 3:15

 

 

It had rained earlier, with the sky a stormy and threatening gray.

Now, with the tempest past, the clouds were blending into a creamy glow as sunset approached.

The lake beside me had become a living mirror, rippling a constantly changing reflection of light and shadow.

Through the ages, I suspect that many people have found a place of contemplation and solitude beside such a scene.

There’s something about the endless sky meeting the rhythmic waves that beckons us to be at peace.

Jesus wants us to have peace in our hearts.

His peace should rule.

Rule over troubling thoughts.

Rule over fears.

Rule over guilt.

When the peace of Jesus comforts you from deep within, everything changes.

And when it does, we should be thankful.

 

 

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Well-Watered Garden

The LORD will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

–Isaiah 58:11

 

There is a neighborhood that I have passed on the way to a large city that always catches my eye.

I don’t think I could ever just drive by without looking at the entrance, admiring the peaceful calm of the water and the fountain surrounded by beautiful plants.

There’s something about a vibrant garden scene that draws me into it.

A garden must have water to grow and flourish.

Without it, the lush emerald leaves would wither and die.

No colorful blooms would grace a carpet of green grass.

God gives us guidance, strength and hope.

Those who trust in Him are like a well-watered garden.

Others are drawn to them and the peace they exhibit from their hearts.

How would you describe your life today?

Is it a well-watered garden—peaceful, calm and beautiful?

 

 

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The Breath

The Spirit of God has made me,
    and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

–Job 33:4

 

As I walked over the wooden bridge, I paused to watch a small turtle surfacing in the water below me.

With his little neck stretched up into the air, he was sustaining his life as he took a breath.

It pleased God to make turtles, as it pleased Him to make all His creatures.

He designed this particular type to have the need to come up for air every now and then.

Air gives us life, as well.

If we cease to breathe, we cease to live.

Yet, if we did not have God’s breath in us, we would never have existed.

It is God who gives and sustains our lives.

 

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Cold Water

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.

—Matthew 10:42

It was a very hot morning.

My friend and I were visiting the zoo.

A vendor was located outside the gate, selling water and other refreshments.

How good it was just to be able to buy some water to drink.

We may think that what we have to offer is small and insignificant.

However, when we give to others—even if it is just a cup of cold water, God notices.

 

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They Sing Praises

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The lyrics to an old hymn mention birds singing to God:

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

(Maltbie D. Babcock)

Birds calling.

Flowers blooming.

The light of sunrise.

They are all praising God!

All the earth worships You
    and sings praises to You;
    they sing praises to Your Name. Selah

—Psalm 66:4

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Sing Among the Branches

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He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
    it flows between the mountains.
 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
    they sing among the branches.

—Psalm 104:10-12

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What provisions has God made for you and your family lately?

How has He made blessings pour into your lives?

How have those blessings flowed between the mountains of the problems you are facing?

How have those blessings provided for each of you, meeting individual needs?

Tell me: Are you rejoicing in those blessings?

Are you “singing among the branches” today?

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A Cup of Cold Water

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Suppose that you lived during the time that Jesus was on the earth.

Suppose that you lived in an area where He visited.

Suppose that He came to your house one day and He was thirsty.

Do you suppose that your would have given Him a cup of water?

We live in the here and now.

Jesus is not physically with us on the earth.

There are a lot of other people here, though.

In fact, current records indicate the world population to be about 7 billion.

As a believer, when we do something for another person in need, it is as though we are doing it for Jesus–even if it is only giving water to someone who is thirsty.

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.

—Matthew 10:42

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Rejoice and Be Glad

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Driving along in the shopping area of a nearby city, my husband noticed a fountain that had been placed in the parking lot.

As we drove past the plumes of pulsing water, he noticed that a duck had found the fountain, as well.

Quickly, I grabbed my camera and got out of the car while my husband found a place to park.

The duck was quite obliging in my quest to photograph him as he was enjoying his moments of refreshment.

His orange feet and toes were being constantly washed with the motion of the water as though he were standing in a Jacuzzi tub.

He was magnificently colored with a bright blue stripe on his side.

God created ducks to joyously live and play in the water.

On a hot day, surrounded by concrete and parked cars, this bird found an unexpected respite.

In the middle of an inhospitable environment, a silent invitation to play, drink, and cool off was answered by a

mottled duck, happy to accept.

Aren’t there times when God provides such things for us?

On a tired afternoon, when weariness weighs heavy, suddenly—–there it is.

An encouraging note from a friend, a surprise birthday party or a roadside park, complete with a bench in the shade.

God knows what we need and He knows what brings us joy.

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

—Psalm 118:24

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As The Deer

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He was not at the water.

Instead, he was standing at a large stone where a few spindly branches with bright green leaves were growing.

Leaves are good food and they do have moisture inside, but leaves are not water.

Not an endless, flowing stream.

Although I didn’t see it, I am sure he looked for water when he was thirsty and found it.

Deep within us is a longing to connect with God, our Father.

We are thirsty for that connection as a deer is thirsty for water.

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As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.

—Psalm 42:1

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Then God Said

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The cormorants were congregating on the lake.

They had successfully harnessed my attention.

Some would fly effortlessly above the water while others floated just as easily on its surface.

On the water.

Above the water.

They were adept at either location.

While I was watching, a sea plane approached.

Skimming at a fairly quick rate of speed on the water once it made contact from the air, it began to steer to its destination.

Many of the birds chose to just stay in the lake and watch the giant man-made bird as it joined them for a swim.

Others flew around it or above it.

People have longed for generations to fly like the birds and swim to the depths of the sea.

It is only in current history that we have been able to do so by mechanical means.

God created creatures to fly and creatures to swim.

He gave them that ability.

From birth, they were designed to do so.

We are only in the process of discovering the wonders that God has set into place.

With each new endeavor to achieve, we find that each discovery brings us back to the awesomeness of God.

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Then God said, “Let the waters teem with fish and other life, and let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.”

 —Genesis 1:20
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Shout for Joy

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The sun was going down as I walked with my husband in the quiet little town.

We had been looking at birds overhead and at birds in the water.

The colors in the sky were in constant visual motion, changing hue with each passing moment.

God was creating the once-in-a-lifetime scene, and we were witnesses to see its beauty.

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They who dwell

in the ends

of the earth

stand in awe

of Your signs;

You make the dawn

and the sunset

shout for joy.

—Psalm 65:8

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So the Heart Reflects the Real Person

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Early morning.

The boardwalk was quiet for the most part.

I passed a couple of people fishing off the rail.

Silent birds gliding through the still, moist air made their way across the wide expanse of the water.

The lake before me was like a perfect mirror, reflecting the perfect beauty all around.

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As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.

—Proverbs 27:19

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The Streams of God

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You care for the land and water it;
    You enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
    to provide the people with grain,
    for so You have ordained it.

You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
    You soften it with showers and bless its crops.
 You crown the year with your bounty,
    and Your carts overflow with abundance.

—Psalm 65:9-11

You crown the year with Your bounty….

2015.

A new year.

The first month of the new year.

What will we see in the coming days and weeks?

I have faith that we will see the bounty of God.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines bounty this way:

“good things that are given or provided freely and in large amounts”

Everywhere we look, even in difficult situations, there are blessings from God.

Things given.

Things provided.

Things that are bestowed willingly to us.

Things from the loving heart of God.

2015.

A new year.

The first month of the new year.

What do you think you will see in the coming days and weeks?

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Living Water Will Flow

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It’s one of my favorite places.

Nestled in a soft, rolling landscape, a wooden bridge–strong, but weathered–stands above a waterfall.

Being in a sub-tropical area, the foliage this time of year is thick and green with life.

Even though it is December, the flowers and emerald leaves mimic the summer with a lush performance.

The sound of the water cascading down on the flat rocks is soothing and inviting.

It is the perfect place for quiet thoughts and inner reflection.

Jesus said,

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

–John 7:38

Like the waterfall beneath the bridge, lives are changed when the living water of Jesus flows from the hearts of those who love Him.

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But I Will Hope

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Walking along the lake, I saw some plants growing in the water.

The leaves were positioned on the top of the water, not submerged.

Their beautiful hues of lavender and green adorned the murky lake.

Though surrounded by water, the leaves were above it.

We often find ourselves in less than perfect situations.

Circumstances can be hard.

During those times, we can continue to reach out for God’s strength, even when ours is fading.

When we are surrounded by problems, we can still stay above them with His help.

Although things might look really murky, the colors of God’s love are evidence within us of His faithfulness in our lives.

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But I will hope continually
    and will praise you yet more and more.

–Psalm 71:14

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The trees by the water were inviting.

All lined up, straight and tall.

The rain was light and the afternoon sun was muted as though it were filtered through a thick, white blanket.

Standing there, looking at water drops on the leaves, listening to the quiet surroundings, I was happy to be a part of the moment.

Life was thriving there at the water’s edge.

When we stay close to God, we are like trees that grow close to the water.

Thriving.

Alive.

Fruitful.

God blesses those people
    who refuse evil advice
    and won’t follow sinners
    or join in sneering at God.
Instead, the Law of the Lord
    makes them happy,
    and they think about it
    day and night.

 They are like trees
    growing beside a stream,
trees that produce
fruit in season
    and always have leaves.
Those people succeed
    in everything they do.

–Psalm 1:1-3

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My Ways

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As I walked by the fountain, I decided to take some shots of the water as it surged into the air.

Things that are normally unnoticeable except through photography are particularly of interest to me.

Even though we may not notice them or even be aware of their presence, God knows all about them.

After all, it is God who created them and it is He who sustains them.

Looking at one of the photographs, the water was frozen in time, displaying an elegance of motion with every bubble and swirl.

Though I do not possess the mathematical mind to even consider it, there is a perfect order that God knows, even in the rising and falling of water.

A small thing, perhaps, but not really.

Stars boiling with heat unimaginable, light years from our planet.

Water falling with gravity’s pull in a small town’s fountain on a Saturday afternoon.

Understanding either one is just as easy for God.

Because He knows, because He is in control, we are forced to consider our limitations.

As we consider our limitations, we are drawn to consider His lack of them.

 

Whatever is of concern to you today, frame it with these verses:

“My thoughts are not your thoughts,
    and my ways are not your ways,” declares the Lord.
 “Just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways,
        and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.”

—Isaiah 55:8-9

 

 

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