There are many convenience foods that are sold in dried form – two-minute noodles, powdered milk, pancake mix, and Cup-a-soup for example. They all come with the easy instructions: “Just add water!” Once you add the magic liquid, the desiccated ingredients become an edible and (mostly) tasty food.
When I was a little girl I loved getting those activity books containing pre-painted pictures. The pale outline was a faint glimpse of the final result. But by adding water via a wet paintbrush the scene came to life in glorious colour.
We equate water with life. In a dry desert area, seeds lie dormant in the ground until the summer rains arrive. The moisture activates the seeds, bringing new shoots to the surface. Soon the parched landscape becomes a mass of green.
Last night, we had an inch of rain after two months of meagre rainfall and drying winds. As I walked up our driveway this morning, everything smelled fresh. Eucalyptus scent pervaded the air, released from the dusty leaves. Even the crusty cow pats gave a fruitiness to the aroma. The washed-out colours of the trees and soil were now rich and vibrant, simply from the cleansing of rain. What a difference water makes!
Some professed Christians are a desiccated shell - a pale, faded version of true Christianity. Unfortunately they don’t realise their lack. Everything is there – the main ingredients of church worship, prayer routines, Bible study. But something vital is missing – the Living Water of God. This crucial ingredient makes the difference between a struggling ritual, and a dynamic life with God. If only they would realise their need to add Water.
“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (Jeremiah 2:13, NIV)
“On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him’.” (John 7:37, 38, NIV)
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.” (Isaiah 44:3, NIV)