4th Week of Lent
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12;Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9;John 5:1-16;
Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live. (Ezekiel 47:9)
Did you catch the theme flowing through all three of today’s readings? It’s water! Water is an amazing natural element. It’s simple—just two hydrogen atoms paired with one oxygen atom—but it can give rise to the most complicated forms of life imaginable. Water is fun to splash around in during the summer, but under the right conditions, it’s incredibly powerful and dangerous. It’s so common that we drink it every day, but scuba divers who venture to the ocean floor often feel as if they’re visiting another world. It’s no wonder that water is often used as a symbol for God. It’s vital, gentle, life-giving, exciting, and dangerous—just like him!
Have a little fun with today’s readings. Think about how all three of them are inviting you to dive into the living waters of God. Imagine yourself experiencing each unique “aquascape.” And think about how you have the chance to explore new depths of God’s love and grace.
Ezekiel’s river. In his vision, Ezekiel saw a mighty river producing all sorts of life. But he wasn’t content to sit on the riverbank, and neither should you be. Wade into the river that is the Spirit, and let him sweep you away. Welcome him into your heart, and let him prepare you for a harvest of spiritual fruit—love, joy, peace, and all the rest.
Joyful streams. “There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God” (Psalm 46:5). Even in tough times, the psalmist knew he could escape into the joyful creeks and brooks of God’s presence. God is full of joy, and he invites you to find your sanctuary in him. Roam and splash through his streams, and leave your burdens behind.
The healing pool. The Jewish people believed that the waters of the pool of Bethsaida were gently stirred by an angel who could heal sickness. Imagine taking a dip! See yourself resting in God’s healing power. Let him show you new depths in his mercy and forgiveness. Bring your sins to him, and watch them dissolve. Dive into his grace, and receive the healing he offers for your body, for the wounds in your heart, and for any of your relationships that are strained.
“Lord, today I want to explore more of you.”~WAU