Lately I've been contemplating the power of water and its inherent properties that enable it to flow wherever there is access.  In fact, even when we think we've done enough to patch every hole, cover every crack, and waterproof any point of entry, water continues to find its way into places we would rather it not go.  Over the past week or so, we have not been wanting for more water as it has been raining in buckets for several days.  Not that we don't need the rain; the ground has been soaking it up like a sponge.  However, there are some areas where the ground is causing the water to simply run off, or pool into large puddles.

Witnessing the rain and subsequent pools of water that recede into the thirsty ground has caused me to think about how much we allow God's love to permeate the depths of our souls.  Scripture tells us that God's love is not forced on us to accept, but that Jesus stands at the door of our heart and knocks, waiting for us to answer and let him in; not just to visit but to live and dwell that we may be changed from the inside out.  In fact, in John 15:9-12 we read this:

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!  This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you." - New Living Translation
How thirsty is your soul?  How open is your heart to allowing Jesus to take up residence within you?  Are you willing to allow God's love to permeate your being and flow through you by the power of his Holy Spirit?  

Think about the waters of baptism and the flood of joy that fills your heart when you recognize God's presence in the midst of your circumstances.  Be thankful for God's great love through his son Jesus Christ that is still redeeming us, recreating us, and transforming us by the power of God's Holy Spirit.

Let's continue the conversation. What are your thoughts?



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