I have this new thing for water. I mean, I know it’s a necessity of life and all, but beyond that is seems to suddenly represent so much more to me. Peace, strength, fluidity, changeability, memories of growing up on a lake, healing, nourishing, a magnificent creation from God, fascinating and mysterious.
A couple of years ago I read an interview with Michelle Williams and was dumb struck by the beauty of what she said: “‘I want to be like water. I want to slip through fingers, but hold up a ship.” Water is beyond comprehension, and I can’t say it any better than she did. But in many ways we are like water. We flow and change. We nourish others. We crash on the shore. We are needed and we are good, but we can be dangerous. Sometimes we fall from the sky.
I met an elderly man at a bar a few weeks ago. He parked his wheelchair behind me and hobbled to the bar stool to my right. His hair was a mess and I’m not sure his mind was all there either, but he was friendly and sweet. He told me about his artificial hip that has been recalled, how he usually drinks vodka martinis but that day was too hot so instead he ordered a water and a beer. And he told me how he believes that water has healing powers, that water is what’s helped him progress from being in his wheel chair to being able to shuffle to the bar. (He also said he doesn’t take pain medicine because drinking does the trick). Though his credibility is questionable, he might be on to something.
Still further, deep in a conversation with a friend, we were discussing being a “glass half full” person verses the alternative. My friend argued, “what does it matter, both people have half a glass of water”. “Oh, no,” I responded. “It’s all about perception. Wouldn’t you prefer to set your focus on what you have than what you don’t have?” He digressed.
Most amazingly, after this sudden romance with water had started, I was searching for Bible verses that reference “strength”. I went to (where else?) bible.com and pulled up a list of 232 verses. I selected a higher numbered page aiming for New Testament and scrolled the verses haphazardly. The first one I read brought me back to water again:
The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well watered garden, like an ever flowing spring.
“Yes,” I thought to myself. “I want that!” And maybe to hold up a ship.
*My brother took the amazing photo above. Click the pic or here to see his website!