Water is a recurring theme in the Bible. It represents, power, surrender, renewal, eternity, as well as the Trinity! There’s something about the idea of flowing water that brings us to life. Whether it’s the Israelites of the Old Testament running from their enemies, once lost as slaves, then found as the chosen people of God on the banks of the Red Sea, or Jesus Himself baptized in the Jordan filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, water brings forth new life. It’s an invitation to be refreshed. It can rage in a storm, as well as be calmed by the Voice of our Savior Jesus.

In my sanctified imagination (my spiritual mind), God is the source from which all waters flow. Jesus, His Son, is the spring, and the Holy Spirit is the rush of the water, flowing with us all of the time. Quite simply, God’s desire is to reach all of us. He wants to flow out to everyone. Jesus is the means to do this. He is the actual avenue in which the water flows. The Holy Spirit is the power of the flow. Have you ever stood beside a rushing river? How about an ocean with crashing waves? It’s awe-inspiring, just like our God!

Over and over again in the Word, people are changed by coming to the water. In Isaiah 12:3, it is a symbol of salvation, “Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation.” In John 4:13, it’s a symbol of life, “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” John the Baptist knew that baptism was important for repentance and renewal, “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire!” It represents eternal life.

When I think of water in my life, I remember a time at the Grand Tetons when I was about twelve or thirteen years old. We were on a family vacation, with grandparents and all, much like the Griswolds from the movie National Lampoon’s Vacation. We were all packed into an Oldsmobile, exploring Yellowstone National Park as well as going through the Grand Teton Mountains. We saw so many incredible rivers and lakes. Each time we’d all get out to see the sights I was drawn to the water around me. Whether it was a geyser like Old Faithful, or the rushing Snake River, I felt called to the water. There was something so peaceful, even as I stood next to the sheer power of the waters. The car could be filled with so much chatter, how to drive in the mountains, or where we should go next, but the second the car door opened, I could hear the call. I literally felt called to the water. I was saved already, but hadn’t yet really found out who I was and Whose I was. But I knew that God, the One who created the Universe was talking to me through the power of the water around me. It’s one of my favorite memories from that time. Nothing earth-shattering happened, I didn’t go into the river and come out speaking in tongues. No, God brought me to that place during a time in my life when I needed to feel His power. Simple as that. How Great is our God!

How is God calling you? His love rages for us like a mighty river. He wants to sweep us away in Him, us letting go and going with His flow. Jesus is that spring of life that carries us through. He Surrounds us, and when we’ve surrendered to the power of the water it calms. It’s then that we can see our face in the reflection and believe that we belong to Jesus. Next time you have a chance to be by a body of water, think of the power of God! His love is relentless, like the waves against the beach. He wants us to get in, all in. Trust that His incredible power will flow as gently into our lives as we let it. Thrashing in the waves, and swimming against the current, leads to absolute exhaustion, but letting go and surrendering to the water around you carries you into new places you’ve never been.

Have an amazing week. Ask yourself if it’s time to let go and let God flow all the way in.

Kristin Tucker