Precious Water

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Summer heat in Oklahoma can climb into the lower 100s daily. And, we can go for long periods without any rains. But then, everything dries up as the grass withers, and the plants droop. So, as the heat dome becomes entrenched overhead, most of us look for ways to escape its grasp. First, we pray for rain to cool us and refresh us. Then, as the season morphs into fall, the precious water falls from the sky as rain to cool and replenish the Earth.

The World of Water

Every living thing needs water to survive. Water covers approximately 70.9% of the Earth’s surface. And up to 60% of the human adult body is water. Another way we see the importance of water is that people can live for much longer without food than they can without water. But, this importance is not just limited to our physical need for water. The Bible mentions water over 700 times from Genesis to Revelations. So why is water so precious for us?

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Precious Water in the Bible

Water in the Bible represents life, both spiritual and physical. It purifies us. St. John Damascene summarized, “Water, then, is the most beautiful element and rich in usefulness, and purifies from all filth, and not only from the filth of the body but from that of the soul, if it should have received the grace of the Spirit.” (An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith– Book 2: Chapter 9).

Jesus and Water

The first miracle performed by Jesus occurred when He turned water into wine. Later on, we see Jesus walking on water to reach His disciples. Finally, we see water mixed with blood pouring from Jesus’ wound on the cross. But, let’s look at another example of Jesus and water. 

The Precious Water and The Well

In the Gospel of John, we find the woman’s story at the well. Jesus felt weary from His journey and rested at Jacob’s Well in Samaria, where He encountered a Samaritan woman. Jesus asked her for water from the well. The woman hesitated because it went against society norms for a man to speak to a woman. And it was against the rule for a Jew to talk to a Samaritan. However, Jesus ignored the rules and, in return, offered the woman the living water only found in Christ. 

Precious Water – God is offering each of us this gift of precious water. This Living Water is ours to claim by trusting our lives to the source of the living waters, Jesus. Click To Tweet

“13 Jesus answered, “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.”

John 4:13-14

Precious Water

This Bible story reminds me of our mission travels. In many countries where we work, clean drinking water is hard to find. In fact, water, in general, is almost impossible to locate. For instance, in Kenya, some women walk miles to reach a small stream to collect water. They often make 5 or 6 trips to the creek to get enough water for the family to bathe in and cook. The journey is backbreaking. The water table flows deep below the surface, and the few wells reach almost 1,000 feet deep. 

In Nepal, summer is the dry season. As a result, the water in the reservoirs falls dramatically. Kathmandu Valley, an area of nearly 2.5 million, goes days without water from its faucets. The locals prepare by collecting water when they can. If a drought lasts long enough, then even taking a bath becomes a luxury. In our developed world, we take water for granted. All of us should learn to conserve and appreciate it more than we do.

Summary

Water provides life to our human bodies, and we must drink it daily. Jesus offers Himself as our living water. We can only survive a few days without water, or we die. However, life without Jesus becomes a spiritual death. God is offering each of us this gift of precious water. This Living Water is ours to claim by trusting our lives to the source of the living waters, Jesus.

Prayer

Loving God, we ask for Your blessings on children, mothers, fathers, and communities who are thirsty. Purify, protect, and multiply their water sources. Strengthen their resolve so they may fully enjoy the benefits of clean water — essentials like education, gardens of fresh produce, and good health. (https://www.worldvision.org/clean-water-news-stories/pray-thirsty-clean-water)

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18 thoughts on “Precious Water

  1. Craig Ruhl – I am a retired businessman with a love of reading, writing, and sharing. My wife, Karen, and I own Faith On Every Corner, LLC. We publish the free digital magazine Faith On Every Corner. In addition, we offer creative writing, editing, and publishing services to writers, authors, and small businesses.
    Craig Ruhl

    Another insightful message, Yvonne. Water is life. Thank you!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks very much Craig. And Jesus provides us the living waters. God bless

  2. karenruhl – I am a Publisher, Photographer, Photo Journalist, Writer, Designer, and Editor in Chief of Faith On Every Corner. I love words and pictures and enjoy when I can weave them together in a story.
    Karen Ruhl

    Yvonne, I have a friend in Uganda that has to walk daily to get water for his family. He makes several trips as you mentioned in your article. He sends photos of the children who are orphaned and in the streets. We take so much for granted, water being so accessible to us. Thank you for sharing how precious this truly is around the world. Praying for enough rain to cool you this September. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      And, even after all that work, the water is not safe to drink until it has been boiled. So many health problems come from their waters. We are so blessed in this country. Thanks Karen. We need some cooling rains around here. I hope you have no more flooding. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Great verse. “to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,”
      ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:26‬ ‭NIV‬‬ with lots of truth. Thanks Ava. God bless.

  3. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    In China we found that even many locals don’t drink the tap water before boiling it. Christ is our life–providing our next breath–and spiritual wholeness–if we let Him. Great message!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. We are so blessed to have safe water and that it comes from our taps instead of a trip to the river. God’s living water is available to us in the same way. God bless

  4. Let us seek the water that secures our growth and refreshes our soul. Lots to reflect upon here Ms. Yvonne. Thank you ma’am; and praying y’all get rain soon too.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks JD. We are needing some rain. God bless

  5. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    From Jesus flow streams of living water. These give us life eternal and refresh us. “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life” (John 4:14).

    You’ve done such a good job here, Yvonne, illustrating the importance of this living water through your examples of the essential need for water that human beings and all creatures have. We are blessed in the US to have abundant water. Hearing of how other people in far away places must do without water during seasons of drought is good inspiration to conserve.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Great verse on our Savior as the living water. We need it daily to truly live. Thanks Melinda. I appreciate your thoughts as always. God bless you

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank Melissa. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too especially as we have not had any rain in a while. Thanks for visiting Jessica and God bless

  6. Beautiful, Yvonne. We often take for granted a water supply. In my time in Zimbabwe, we went three-four days several times without water to drink or bathe with. A friend who runs a ministry is committed to feeding 1 million children and drilling as many water wells as possible.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      What an incredible ministry. What is the name of it so I can pray for her and the work. Thanks Karen and God bless

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