The Faucet


My sister has impeccable timing.  She knows when I need a shot in the arm, a nudge in the side, a kick in the pants.  After posting every day in October, I was ready for a break.  Lucky for me, my sister has cute grandchildren and a way of seeing God-moments in everyday moments with them.  Here’s a good one.  Thanks, Robin!

hoseOur 18 month old grandson, Ben, is a delight to watch as he learns how things work and how people do things.  A few months ago, while we were outside enjoying a summer day, he picked up the water hose and looked at the end, waiting in anticipation for the water (“dah’-doh”) to flow out.  When nothing happened, he toddled to the faucet on the side of the house, touched it, and then hurried back to the end of the hose fully expecting to see the water.  When he found nothing, he turned his palms upward and said in great bewilderment, “Where dah-doh?” He understood the basic process, but missed an important detail — he had not yet learned the connection of actually turning the faucet on.

We adults are sometimes a bit like that.  We know that God is there, ready to renew us with Living Water.  We may take a moment now and then to touch base with God, saying a prayer from time to time or going to church on occasion.  We wait for God to speak to us and become bewildered when nothing seems to happen.  But we miss the point of going beyond “touching base”.  We must spend time with God daily — searching the scriptures, praying, praising,  being thankful, and faithfully believing.  We must take the step to truly open our hearts to God, making his love real and active in our lives, and allow it to flow through us to others.  We must learn to turn the faucet on!

“You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”  Isaiah 58:11

“Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”   John 7:38

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