Water is a life force that verifies God’s presence. In fact, one of my undergraduate college professors said, “Don’t try to convince me there is a God, all you have to do is look at water—three forms—solid, liquid, and gas, which is the basis for all life on earth” (1987, Gilbert Adrian).

Water can look majestic, in the form of snow-capped mountains or deep, emerald blue-green lakes and oceans. (While writing this, I have the privilege of viewing the Antarctic Ocean out of the window in my hotel in Melbourne, AU). Water covers 71% of our earth’s surface, and it is a source of sustenance—we need it to live physically, as our bodies are over 60% water.

We also need water to live spiritually, as we are reminded in the book of John 4:14 “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” Our spiritual journey infuses water throughout—especially in the sacraments. It often begins with baptism (using water) Ezekiel 36:25 “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.” Holy water is used throughout our faith journey as a reminder of our baptism, and often water is used upon our death—sprinkling of holy water on the casket of the deceased.

Water can also be destructive. We not only learned of this through Noah, but we’ve recently experienced this through our friends, loved ones, and fellow Americans in Houston. Too much water, too fast, and it is a disparaging force. However, there is hope. God will help us through these difficult situations, as he reminded Noah in Genesis 9: 12-16: 

God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; 13I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. 14“It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, 15and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16“When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9: English Standard Version)

 Tammy Heflebower


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