by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI
I was blessed with the opportunity to tour the Holy Land last year. One of the things that struck me was the importance of water in the country of Israel. In King Hezekiah’s day he designed a tunnel to divert water to his city. Today, drip irrigation is a trademark of farmers in Israel because of the scarcity of water. Water sustains life in a walled fortress and brings life to a desert land.
We all know that water is vital, but another thing about water is that it flows.
Think about it. Pour water on an inclined table and it will run off the edge. Pour water on a sidewalk and it will follow the cracks. Pour water in a muffin pan; it fills one hole and then seeks another hole until all the holes are filled and overflowing.
Jesus said He is the Living Water! He sustains us like a walled city drinks from a diverted stream. He brings life to our lives like drip irrigation in a desert.
This isn’t a new thought to me, but when I related flowing water to Jesus, THIS was new to me!
You see, Jesus as “Living Water”’ naturally flows to the edges of society. He naturally flows to the people who are cracked and hurting. He flows to the dark places, the uninviting holes in society, if you will. He leans toward those who are inclined and are leaning, struggling to stand.
Yes, Jesus is the Living Water and He wants to flow to the poor, the marginalized, the socially inept, the places that lack justice, and the sin-ravaged areas of humanity. More importantly, He wants us to flow into those areas, bringing life to others!
But most importantly, because Jesus is love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace, He will flow to those areas: the widowed and orphaned in our neighborhoods, the abused and forgotten in our society, whether we go or not! He’d love to use us and have us on the journey, but nothing will stop Him because water just flows. Just as we cannot stop water from flowing down an incline, following a crack, or filling a hole, we cannot stop Jesus from going to the least of these.
How about me? Where am I flowing?