Photography means a lot of things to a lot of people. For me, it’s about capturing a moment that either creates a desirable feeling or creates a scene I want to go back to. In the picture below, the light was a playground that particular day. This particular photo is of Resurrection Ferns growing on a very old tree—a tree I’ve watched change since I was a little boy. Resurrection Ferns are cool because they lose their deeper green color and their shape when the weather gets dry. The less it rains, the more they curl up into the pea-green shells you see in the photo. But when the rain comes, they begin to stretch back out, taking shape, and their color returns. Then, they look like normal, healthy ferns. Pretty cool. It’s amazing what a little simple water can do.
13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” —John 4
For Christians, the source of our joy and our peace comes from Living Water. Jesus is the One to Whom we draw all things that we need. If we will find our diet in Him and consider Him to be the source of all things, we will quickly find that our Creator actually does know what we need better than we.
Our greatest struggles are often felt when we change wells and draw from other sources. On more than one occasion I’ve found myself out to eat and staring at the fountain machine, deliberating over which drink to get. “Hmm. Coke Zero. Sounds fine.” I sit, I sip, I’m not satisfied. So, I get back up, look around to be sure I don’t catch anyone watching me in my embarrassing moment of pouring out an entire cup of soda and I get sweet tea. I sit, I sip, I’m not satisfied. Again. I make the long walk back to the machine, only to hold down the “water” lever next to the fruity drink that inevitably will find a way to leave traces of something berry in my H20. By the end of the meal, I’m glad I got the water and my conscience is relieved that I haven’t ingested something that’s either running up my sugar or putting me one step closer to cancer.
God is offering us all something very simple: life. By watering our souls through Jesus Christ, each of us will find our color and our structure, like the Resurrection Fern (so aptly named). I encourage you to cut out the competition, to stick with what your body was made for, and drink the Living Water.