Monday, August 24, 2015

Are You Thirsty?

The day is warm. 
Sunshine streaming through fluffy white clouds. 

We head to the river. 
My happy place. 

We're headed to celebrate;
New life. 
Promises and Covenants. 
That sweet next to the youngest farm girl is entering the waters of baptism. 
She's shaking off the old. 
Stepping into the new. 
The life that isn't promised to be easy. 
The life where knee is bowed and hands lifted high. 
A life built on truth, hope and certainty. 
The truth that she has already had to wrestle to the ground 
as she navigated the shocking death of her oldest brother. 
And then the turmoil of her father with cancer. 
Yet she stood strong. 
She placed her feet on that solid rock. 
She dug deep when the pain threatened to pull her under. 
She stood. 
She breathed. 
And God poured into her aching soul. 
He reached down and called her by name. 
And she answered. 
And today. 
She professes. 
She confesses her unworthiness. 
Her brokenness. 
She proclaims her unity with the Almighty. 
Who came as a babe. 
Suffered on the cross. 
That she might live. 
And she enters those waters. 
The same waters that her brothers and sister entered. 

That glorious water.

Life changing.

The water runs through. 
And she is forever changed. 

She's quenching her thirst. 

 I think of another family. 
Saying Good bye. 
Celebrating a life lived well. 
Taken too soon. 
At the hands of one who felt she was finished with this life here. 
Trying to take her own life. 
She took the  life of another. 

And the weight slams hard. 

We do not know what this life will bring. 

We are not promised an easy life. 
We in this country are so far removed from suffering. 
Our lives are scattered with pretty things. 
Our goals. . . to be successful. 
Our desires for personal gain. 
When all the while a gracious God waits. 
Waits patiently for our yeilding. 
For our shift to see Him. 
For His purposes. 
The water is cleansing. 
In a moment we are changed. 
New life has begun. 
Those who entered the waters are not destined for an easy life. 
Their alignment with Christ does not buy them any "passes" from the tough stuff. 
What it does is solidify the great promises that, He will never leave you nor forsake you. 

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

Won't you hold tight to these truths? 
Let the living water change you. 

John 4:14
but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

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