DAY 75: Monday 1 June
Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday when we remembered the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Christian church. This marked a new era for the followers of Jesus and now the world would be ‘turned upside down’ by the message they shared. Jesus had promised this gift and likened it to a never-ending spring of living water which would not only sustain the believer but would flow out to bless others around.
John 4:14 - but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
800 years before the time Jesus, God had given this promise to his prophet Isaiah –
Isaiah 44:3 - For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
Water is reckoned to be the most valuable resource on earth although most of the time in this country. we take it for granted. Several years ago, a study for the UN Security Council concluded that future great wars could most likely be triggered not over oil or gas deposits, but over water. Recent estimates conclude that over 700 million people in the world do not have regular access to clean water, yet in Europe and USA, an estimated 95% of our water supply ends up straight down the drain.
Garden water features have become popular again and for centuries have been a central feature in great gardens and in oriental gardens, pools and flowing water was considered to help bring peace of mind.
In olden days, if an enemy wanted to attack a city or land, its army would lay siege around preventing anyone from entering or leaving their home (sound familiar?). The strategy was that when the inhabitants of the city ran out of food and water, they would surrender without a fight.
Around 700BC, Hezekiah became King of Judah, the 13th since King David. Faced with the prospect of Jerusalem being under siege to the Assyrians, Hezekiah ordered a tunnel be dug through the rock below Jerusalem to re-route water from the Gihon spring on the eastern edge to inside the city walls.
A few years ago, I was able to walk through this amazing tunnel with the water flowing between ankle and knee height and eventually into the Pool of Siloam just inside the old city walls. Centuries later the Pool of Siloam became known as a place of healing as well as collecting fresh water.
Today the bottled water industry worldwide is worth billions and in poorer countries is often the only way to get clean drinking water and in the developed world, often an essential accessory for joggers and keep fit enthusiasts. The problem then comes when millions of plastic bottles end up in streams, rivers and oceans.
Having the source of living water within us not only enables us to share our spiritual life with others but also keeps us spiritually fit and healthy. Next time you open a bottle of water, just remember the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, the living water which brings God’s peace, joy and healing.
Here’s a suggested Hymnalong for today >>> AS THE DEER
Further examination and CT scan yesterday revealed that Vera has a tumour. She has been moved to Ward 17 at Good Hope and will undergo a biopsy later today to investigate. Please pray for Vera who is one of the most amazing 92-year olds we have in our church.
MAKE YOU SMILE: - more signs of getting old –
• A little grey hair is a small price to pay for all this accumulated wisdom.
• Age does not determine who’s right, it only determines who’s left!
• Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
• Age is like fine wine…. it gets better with time !!
• Age isn’t important unless you’re cheese.
• As you grow older, you stand for more and fall for less.
• Not quite over the hill yet. Just got a better view of the valley below.
• At my age… I’ve got achy, breaky everything !!
• At my age… I’ve seen it all…I’ve heard it all…I’ve done it all….I just can’t remember it all…