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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Agua de Vida

Today I witnessed so many ways that water brought new life--to dead things and to living things, making them even more alive.

I went running in the rain this afternoon, which was glorious. The cool air and the wet drops on my skin (that, for once, weren't sweat!) made the jog even more refreshing and invigorating than usual. In that sense, the water enlivened me and helped me experience life more fully.

On that run, I observed two dead things were brought to life by the water.
-The clippings of a freshly mowed lawn, grass that had been alive but was now dead, smelled stronger and sweeter after being soaked in the rain than I've ever smelled grass when the roots have been in the ground.
-The wet scent from a fence made of cedar planks, timber that had once been trees but was now in the form of flat lifeless boards, was so inviting that I slowed down to suck in the fresh smell a little bit more.

Later that afternoon I noticed another dead thing that was given a new kind of life because of the rain. A dragonfly's wings had been soaked by the water and he was laying on his back by the pool at the Seay's house. Because it was dead, I was able to pick it up and investigate something that I would not normally have be able to appreciate that fully had it been alive. There were so many intricacies I could hardly believe it! Looking at that little creation gave me a glimpse of how God's imagination uniquely knits together living things. After staring into its eyes for a while and admiring the lace of its wings, I put it back. When we were all swimming later, I noticed that a group of ants had also found the dragonfly, but they weren't as gentle with him as I had been... (Sing it with me, friends who know the Lion King song. It's the circle of life...)

Water also gave new life to the Seay children. I was with Carrie this afternoon while she watched Hanna, Trinity, and Solomon. Hanna and Trinity had been quite outgoing from the first moment we were hanging out and that enthusiasm continued in the water. I love the way kids play with such abundant excitement! Solomon was a bit timid, though. He was slow to warm up to us, a bit fearful. Something in that boy changed throughout the course of time we spent in the pool, though. The water brought him to life, changed him from a shy boy into a courageous hero.

Water has the power to change things. It even brings a new kind of life to things that are dead. No wonder baptism has such significance in our understanding of transformation and new life in Christ. Have you been made alive by the living water He offers?


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Thanks for chiming in Anonymous #3. I hope you will continue to do so.

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