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Listen while you read: "All Things Bright And Beautiful"1 (Lyrics)
John 4:10 – Jesus replied, "If you only knew the gift God has for you and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give you living water." (NLT)
John 7:38 – If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within. (NLT)
As we walked along the shoreline, the water ebbed and flowed at our feet. To the dismay of Jeff, my better half, I was on the lookout for interesting stones to add to my collection. At first glance, nothing caught my eye. Most of the stones were similar in shape and appearance. But as we walked along the water's edge, I soon discovered that the stones were indeed more unusual than I'd realized. I watched as the plain-looking, dry stones took on a rich, vibrant glow after the water passed over them. Hidden colours and markings were now highlighted, and they caught my eye. They had been transformed by the touch of the water. Even a tiny splash of water on a dry stone instantly took effect and brought out the stone's hidden beauty.
It dawned on me that just like the stones, we are transformed when we are washed by the living water. Dry stones and "dry" human beings are common in appearance. It isn't until we come to know God and drink the living water that we are transformed into His likeness. The more we immerse ourselves in His Word, the more our unique qualities and inner beauty are revealed. Bit by bit, splash by splash, we are transformed. Once washed by the living water, we take on a distinct appearance, standing out in a crowd, as wet stones.
Just like stones away from a source of water, we will also dry out and lose our lustre if we don't stay immersed in God's Word. Fortunately, when we get back into the Word, we are refreshed and become like wet stones once again.
Prayer: Father God, You are the living water. We thank You for creating us in Your image and for the transforming power of Your living Word. Refresh us this day and make us stand out as wet stones for Your good purpose. Continue to reveal Yourself to us through nature, music, and people, as we go about our daily routines. Refresh us today, Lord, and fill us with the transforming power of Your love. This we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.