January 14, 2013

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”  John 7:38

Water is a powerful thing.  Water can destroy when raging in a storm.  Water can cut through steel when combined with pressure and a narrow nozzle. Water can devour a mountain in search of precious metals.  Water can sculpt the land into magnificent canyons.   Water can be at once both beautiful and terrifying.

The most important aspect of water is that it gives life.  There will never be a bountiful harvest without water.

I am a civil engineer.  I have spent a considerable part of my career dealing with water.  We as a society need the benefits of water but we work very hard to control it.  We put water in pipes; we pump it from one place to another; we line canals and river channels with concrete to guide it and prevent erosion; we build dams to control the intensity of its flow; we build levees and surge walls to deflect it.

Yet, we get a glimpse of the power of  water when the devices of civil engineers are overwhelmed and water is allowed to flow in its full concentration and duration.  Water will lay waste the constructs of man given enough time and intensity.

North Fork Toutle River valley in November 1983

North Fork Toutle River valley in November 1983 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think one of the greatest examples of the power of water was during the eruption of Mount Saint Helens.  The North Fork of the Toutle River was transformed into a miniature “Grand Canyon”.  According to traditional interpretations, this landscape would have been thought to have taken centuries to be created.  The power of unrestrained water created it in just five days.

The Holy Spirit is likened to living water flowing in a river.  There is nothing more powerful than God Almighty.  Water is a pale comparison.  Yet, the Spirit flowing unrestrained and with full force can be a frightful thing.

English: Hoover Dam

English: Hoover Dam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wonder how many devices I have engineered or allowed in my life to try to control the erosive characteristic of the Holy Spirit in my life.  How many dams have I erected; how many channels have I allowed sin to line and protect what is precious to me; how many levees have I mounted up to shelter my conscience; how many pipelines have I laid to use the Spirit in my system; how often has the harvest been lost due to my trying to manipulate the Spirit into a safe manifestation?

The Spirit is not safe.  The Spirit will wash away all of our man-made edifices.  The Spirit will cut through the hardest rock and the strongest metal.  The Spirit will transform the landscape of our lives when left permanently unrestrained.

I long to see the power of the Lord working in my life and the lives of others.  Let’s tear down the dams of our lives and let the erosion of our flesh by the wonderful scouring of the Spirit commence.  Let’s allow the Spirit to remove the overburden of years of sin to reveal the precious metals of His harvest.  Let’s breach the dams that protect the godlessness of our lives.  Let’s allow the Spirit to have His way.  Just maybe, future generations will stand at the banks of our lives and give glory to God for the beautiful landscape that His Spirit has sculpted.  Just maybe, fields of glorious harvest will sprout from the Spirit overflowing the banks of our lives.

sunset at Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA) seen fro...

sunset at Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA) seen from Yavapai Point (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for your Spirit.  Thank you for the fact that you are transforming me, that you are removing the overburden of my life.  Thank you for your continuing work of sanctification in my life.  Father, do it more!  I want more, Lord.  I know that I have erected many things in my life in an attempt to make following you safe.  Forgive me Lord.  Forgive me for not cooperating with your Spirit; show me those devices so that they can be removed.  Father, sculpt my life for your glory.  Amen


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  2. Great reflection AND two of my favourite places!

  3. I never cease to be amazed by your posts. You have a gift of helping us to see and visualize that which is invisible and spiritual in our lives. God has blessed you with this gift and I want to thank you so much for using it to His glory and for our understanding. God Bless!

    • Thank you so very much for you kind words. I am glad that you find these posts a blessing. It is my pleasure to do them. Thanks for the encouragement.
      God Bless and Sola Dei Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!

  4. What a great analogy! I especially like your reference to Mt. Saint Helens. I remember the day it erupted and the ash that fell outside my window, darkening all around me. I also remember driving along I-5 past the Toutle River and seeing the incredible change to the landscape. We considered it destruction then, but now God has grown beauty in the wake of the that event. I remember going up there and being amazed at how soon after the eruption that plant life began to grow again in what scientists thought would be barren for much longer. Perhaps it is the same with us and the working of the Holy Spirit. We fear the destruction of what is, not realizing the beauty of what will grow in its wake. Peace, Linda

    • That is such a beautiful picture of the work of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for commenting.
      God Bless!

  5. Thank you for that.Just stumbled on your blog and that was the first post I have read, absolutely fantastic and mighty appropriate. We were praying in our home group yesterday for the spirit to wash through our town like water!

    • I am so glad that you found my blog and that it was encouraging. God Bless you in your home group.

  6. This is such a beautiful illustration in words, how powerful the Holy Spirit is. I really enjoyed reading it. Have an awesome day!

    • Thank you; I am glad that you enjoyed it.
      God Bless!

  7. It is not surpising that water has had such a central point in Jewish and Christian teaching from the earliest of times.

  8. This truly was a ping to my heart! Thank you!


    • You are very welcome. I am so glad that you were blessed.

  9. What an incredible reminder to wake up to first thing Monday morning! And a beautiful analogy of water and the Holy Spirit. May we all continue to break down any barriers we have so that God can do His work through us. This was just what I needed to hear to get my day off to a positive start. Thank you and may God bless your day 🙂

    • I am so glad that this post was a blessing and that God would use it. Thank you for your encouraging comments.
      God Bless!

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