Spilled Water

II Samuel 14:14 “Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so must we die. But God does not take away life; instead he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.”

Ok. So you really screw up. David did. Many times. He murdered. He committed adultery. That’s two of the BIG TEN. He made a mess of things that he couldn’t take back. He couldn’t clean up the spilled water. Maybe that’s where the saying comes from “Don’t cry over spilled milk.”


Sometimes you have to spill it to heal it. Get rid of all you have and let it trickle away into the ground. Water is required to sustain life. When spilled on the ground, you cannot recollect it. But, it nourishes the ground and enhances the soil to grow new stuff.

God doesn’t want to take away. He wants to give me and you everything we need. He wants to draw us to himself so that we can be his children – fully protected.

The truth is that God makes a way to bring us back into his gentle arms even after we screw up big time. He devises a way. God is pretty crafty. God will make a way. Always.

Dear Father God,
As tears run down my face, let them fall to the ground so that my screw ups die today. Cover me with God’s redemptive love so that he will enfold me in his loving arms and nourish me as I come to the throne of forgiveness. Nourish me with your grace and sustain me with the living water that runs from the well that will never run dry. Amen.

Carole Schumacher

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Vikki wrote:
Carole, thanks. I like the idea that the spilled water helps new things to grow - just as our mistakes can help us learn new strategies if we let God make a way.

Tue, May 19, 2009 @ 4:51 PM

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