river through the woods

Day 243 And You renew the face of the ground – with buckets of rain!

You see a river flowing endlessly. I find rivers not just relaxing, far from it, I find them exhilarating. They have always helped me to feel alive, especially the brooks, and springs that run through mounties and hills.

Genesis 1:2

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

The water has a peculiar effect that it seems to heal. This is a reflection of the healing open to us through the Holy Spirit’s power. It seems to be, at least from a layman perspective that the Holy Spirit manifestation of god creates the change and active empowerment. Right at the start of creation we see that the Holy Spirit is working with the waters.

Does the Holy Spirit have a special connection with the water?

Psalms 104:30

You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the ground.

The earth is renewed, as it is in bucket loads tonight, by water. There can be no life without water. That is why there is so much money being spend by nasa and all the other agencies to discover water on planets, for they think if there is water then there will be life. But God is the only one that creates life.

A quick story about how water saved me one day.

I had argued as a child with my dad and I was really disrespectful of him. It ended up were I threw a bucket of water over him and then ran away. I was about 11 or so. I gathered my friends and told them I was running away and off we went, they seemed to follow me with no questions. We walked for quite a while and we were getting weary.

River within a gully
River within a gully

We then arrived at a river and I was still thinking angry and bad thoughts, but we decided to start walking up this river, actually in it. It wasn’t very wide, but exciting enough to have risk. It seemed to hidden by it being within a gully. We waded for what seemed like hours and we had to navigate through many trees and obstacles, crawling through pipes. Eventually I felt calm, it felt like this small river had taken away my anger. Perhaps it was God’s Spirit at work. I discovered where I was, not far from home actually, so I decided to go home and try to get on with my dad. He never said a word of anger when I came back, he just looked at me and said “shall I put the kettle on?” Water was there again to heal, reconciliation in a cuppa.

Dear Father, forgive our foolish ways. Bring reconciliation to many tonight. People who have clouded minds and think there is no way out but to run away or to consider suicide. Help them by bringing the right people too them so that they may be healed with your eternal river, your Holy Spirit.

Through Jesus Christ

Amen

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