This week I fell asleep to the sound of the Gulf waves hitting the shores of Sanibel Island. They were loud and rhythmic and wonderfully soothing. I woke up to the sunshine, palm trees, and the Gulf waves still hitting the shores of Sanibel Island. Still loud and rhythmic and soothing. Why is that?
Originally posted April 13, 2016
The science of water is fascinating. Over 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water. In fact, our bodies are made up of at least 60% water! What I find most amazing about the stuff is its ability to stick to itself and become bigger and bigger and bigger. One drop sticks to another and it grows and grows until it is finally an ocean! The science of that is beyond me but I think it is part of what makes our human attraction to water so intensely powerful.
According to this interesting article by Chris Woodford,
“Water is one of the most amazing things about Earth; without it, there would be no life and our planet would be a completely different place. One of the truly amazing things about water is that it’s never used up: it’s just recycled over and over again, constantly moving between the plants, animals, rivers, and seas on the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere up above.”
The power of water is eternal.
In every ancient culture and religion water plays an important role. The Greeks had a whole slew of sea gods ruled by Poseidon and his queen Amphitrite. Native American’s have many a legend regarding water and it’s spiritual role. Religions from Catholicism to Wicca, Christianity to Hindu believe in the spiritual symbolism of water.
The thing is, water has always been here. “In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water. ” Genesis 1:1-2
This was before creation!
In fact, in Genesis water is mentioned twenty-five times! During Creation. Defining the rivers, streams and seas, the Great Flood, even in the story of Abraham. Water is used to define, to punish, the clean and to quench. In the New Testament, it is even used as a metaphor for Salvation in Jesus Christ.
He is our Living Water.
He is Eternal.
As humans, our soul is constantly seeking something. We yearn for peace and love. Being near a body of water, whether it be a pond, a pool or the Gulf of Mexico soothes the ache in our soul. We are part of that water, and it is a part of us. Water quenches not only our physical thirst but more importantly, it reminds us that our Living Water, Jesus Christ, will quench our spiritual thirst. Doesn’t that just make everything better?