I’m going to go back to what I love during this Lenten Season…taking photos and highlighting the beauty in the everyday, the sacredness of all that is around us, and in doing so, finding God in his creation.
I’ll be using Diana Butler Bass’ Grounded: Forty Day Devotional as a guide. I hope you’ll join me on this 40 day journey back to Immanuel, God with us.
Day 7: “In his Gospel, “John uses many metaphors for God – Word, light, vine, door, bread, shepherd, love. . . Perhaps God is water as well as spirit. It is easy to imagine John’s Jesus saying, ‘We enter into the sacred presence through water and wind.’” (Grounded, p. 70)
While I’ve never been much of a beach person, I have always loved the water. I find it healing and soothing, both physically and spiritually. It is also symbolic, in baptism, of the washing away of the old. Being born of water into his kingdom.
Water can also be a scary thing for some of us. When we are struggling and being pulled under, the first thing we usually do is fight for control of the situation. Fight for our lives.
In my experience, my first instinct is to always fight when I feel God pulling me deeper. When he wants to pull me away from the things I am comfortable with, the places I am complacent. I hold tight to the familiar, to whatever feeble control I have. I hold on to the illusion of power the enemy convinces me I have.
I’ve learned though, through years of struggle, that the best and most rewarding thing to do is to let go. When I stop fighting, when I stop pulling against the inevitable, and relax, I float. He wants me to let go, to take his hand and wade into the deep waters with him, to enter his sacred presence. Fully surrendered, held by him.
When you think of entering his presence through water, what do you see? What do you feel?
“As the deer longs for living streams,
as a weary traveler longs for the waters of life,
so our souls long for you, O God.
Refresh us, cleanse us, heal us with your living water.
Pour out your Spirit upon us so our lives might overflow with your love.
Pour out your Spirit upon all creation so that justice might
roll down like waters and righteousness, like a mighty stream.”
(Rev. Talitha Arnold, United Church of Santa Fe, NM)