A short time ago there was time to visit a country place of my childhood. It is a lake not far from our home. While the lake was still sealed in a coating of winter’s ice, water flowed constantly over the dam at its outlet. While taking photos of the water moving over the dam, my thoughts centered on the apparent perpetuity of flowing water. Over a dam, out of a spring, it seems to never stop. Water has moved over this dam for decades-without end.
Water gets a lot of attention. Life depends on it. It is an amazing substance. Water awareness is not only healthy, it’s life changing. That’s because there are two kinds of water; physical and spiritual. We know much about the physical kind. We often know less about the spiritual.
We have scientific papers on the properties of water, uncountable numbers of them. Much has been written about spiritual water. The Bible is the key source. Seldom are the two types of water considered in one text. For many reasons, we tend to separate the two. But they go together. In this brief article on water we will speak of both the physical water and the spiritual. Water is twice as good this way. Think with me about the water we drink for our bodies and the water we drink for our souls.
Have you contemplated water recently? If you are like me, and in this we are alike, you seldom think about the gift that water is.
The human body is between 55-60% water. Our brain has a higher concentration of this life substance at 73%. Our hearts are 83% water. Almost all major human body systems depend on water. Water regulates body temperature and lubricates joint. It moistens tissues of the eyes, mouth and nose. Water protects organs and body tissues and enhances kidney and liver function by flushing away wastes. Water also carries nutrients and minerals to cells within our body. So, drink up!
More than 70% of the earth’s exterior layer is coated with this basic to life miracle substance. Viewed another way: 7 of 10 parts of the earth are enveloped by this normally clear element. Earth’s hydrosphere consists of its rivers, lakes, oceans, seas, snow fields, glaciers, and groundwater. It is all the places on earth where water is found. All of this water is constantly moving. Water evaporates. Given correct conditions-it disappears into the air. It condenses. Again with the right conditions; water forms on objects apparently coming from nowhere. Water precipitates-falls to earth as rain or snow or some form of these. Water runs off the land and infilters or soaks the land. Water can be a solid and change to a gas without melting first. It’s called sublimation. When water moves through plant cells into the leaves and then into the air from the small pores on the underside of the leaf (stomata) transpiration is occurring. This process happens 24/7 during the growing season in temperate zones and year around in the tropics. Water is constantly moving underground too. Ground water flow is another of the miracles of water.
We understand the properties of water. We use for human benefit, the properties of water. Yet, we cannot change them or generate new properties. Water is present, and functions like it does for the benefit of humans and all other life on earth. One conclusion we can draw: water is fundamental to life and earth.
Why does water have such prominence for life? Why does it exist in three forms? Why does it compose the majority of all living things? Water is not a coincidence. It is not a miraculous substance by accident. Water is God’s substance.
We have already mentioned that God made both kinds of water. The physical 8 glasses a day water we are familiar with. We believe water consumption is healthy for our bodies. Spiritual water comes from Jesus. We need this water too. It gives health too. It delivers eternal life. There is a history of spiritual water on earth. This history may help you understand how important spiritual water is.
Many centuries ago, Jesus spoke to a woman at a well in northern Israel. She was from Samaria. She had come during the heat of the day to draw water because she was ostracized by her community for the way she lived. She had had five husbands. Jesus knew this. She came to the well around noon for physical water. Jesus asked her for a drink. As a physical man, he needed physical water too, but He wanted her to think about spiritual water. She was surprised that he would talk to her. Jesus was a Jew. She a Samaritan. These groups did not talk to one another. Jesus broke that rule. It gave the woman eternal life.
After asking for physical water Jesus said something to her about spiritual water. He said, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” Would you have believed Him? She did not-at first. She could see no way Jesus could get “this water”. Then Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The water Jesus referred to was spiritual. She wanted this living water. Her conversation at the well in the hot sun that day changed her life. For eternity.
We need water. No one questions that. But we also need both kinds: physical and spiritual. Jesus offers us both. Physical water and spiritual water are both free. Both kinds come from the same source; a loving Creator God. Since we have an eternal soul, we need the water only Jesus can give. Ask Jesus for a drink, with Him it is possible to satisfy BOTH thirsts; your cells and your soul.