I watched this documentary on water on the Sundance channel this week that reminded me of how precious water is now that I live in an area blessed with an abundance of water. Water is essential to life. 70% of the earth is water but a smaller percentage of that is fresh, clean, and accessible for humans. Since 1950, the global use and demand of water has tripled, this has resulted in groundwater levels in every continent reaching an all time low. With water tables continuing to fall and becoming polluted, the availability of water in the 21st century will be among the most challenging resource issues.
As the earth is beginning to dry this summer it is time to think about changing our impact upon the water table. Psalm 65 speaks of the God of creation, the God who is like the water, which enriches the earth.
Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion;
and to you shall vows be performed,
O you who answer prayer!
To you all flesh shall come.
When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
you forgive our transgressions.
Happy are those whom you choose
and bring near to live in your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.
By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
O God of our salvation;
you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.
By your strength you established the mountains;
you are girded with might.
You silence the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples.
Those who live at earth's farthest bounds are awed by your signs;
you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
You visit the earth and water it,
you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
you provide the people with grain,
for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges, softening it with showers,
and blessing its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty;
your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
the hills gird themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.
As I reflect upon this Psalm, I am struck by the image of God as water, What if we were to view God and our relationship to God as a river? Have you ever sat by a river as it rushes past? With its currents, waves, and whirlpools, the water is always rushing on and is never the same. The water is being pushed ever on and yet the water is still there where you sit: the same, yet always different. What if God like a river is eternally flowing, sometimes flooding and sometime dribbling, but always moving on, a constant changing flowing force. How should we touch the constant flow, the timeless and changing all at once? Take time to meet God in the river. May you be blessed with the ever flowing Spirit constant and shifting, eternal and fresh.