“…just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God…” Mt. 3:16
When we moved into our house in Minnesota, we discovered it had plumbing issues. The basement flooded on a regular basis because of a faulty floor drain. Then a repugnant water, from somewhere deep in the bowels of the pipes, started bubbling up into the sinks. A call to the plumbers revealed these were not new issues.
Just when all hope of a simple solution seemed lost, we discovered the miracle of “Thrift.” Now, the first of every month, we turn on the hot water and let it run for 5 minutes. Next, we pour a little Thrift down the drain, flush it for another 7 minutes and all of our problems are gone.
There is one side effect. The process reveals how much I take water for granted. Family, friends and former staff working in the Third World report almost daily about the scarcity of water in these places. Yet, I can turn on the water and let it flow for 12 minutes without a second thought. It’s not a feeling of guilt, but of recognition. Water is more than a resource, it is life.
Water is the one essential ingredients necessary for life to exist. It indicates to scientists whether life is possible on a distant planet. The human body can go weeks without food, but only days without water. Water is needed for sanitary reasons and to grow food. It also provides hours of play. I’ve come to realize that when we take water for granted, we also take life for granted.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the Holy Spirit was just as visible in every baptism as it was in Jesus’? Yet, if we don’t take water for granted, it is. Water is the visual expression of God’s love. It helps us see how God uses the basic elements of life to create life. The love of God is as near to you as water. Recognize it, appreciate it and let it flow so others might discover life as well.
Click to read: Matthew 3: 13-17
Reflection Questions: What basic elements necessary for life do you take for granted? How do these basic things increase your understanding of a spiritual life? What’s the difference between being baptized and living into your baptism? What can you do today to let love of God flow for others to see?
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