It falls from the sky in great abundance.
It is all about us in streams, rivers, lakes, the sea.
It makes green, giving life.
It nourishes the fields as well as the soul.
Miss Austen, as well as others from her era speak of 'taking the waters' in spa towns, principally Bath.
But it gets better than even all these. Today I read
"He who believes in Me - who cleaves to, trusts in and relies on Me..
out from his innermost being springs and rivers of living water shall flow continuously."
The only requirements: coming and thirst.
It is the Spirit of God, of course, that is this water given.
This is our power source.
Living water - not marshy, boggy, stagnant,
but living and life giving waters.
of wells of water from which we draw with joy (12.3)
of water provided in the wilderness
of water poured out on the thirsty and flooding the dry ground(43.20)
This water, taken in then flowing out.
No machinery required, no petroleum products used.
It is Eternal, ever flowing as long as the channel is clear of debris.
And it flows abundantly. Nothing mean or stingy here.
At the end of The Book, two promises are found regarding this water of Life from the Fountain.
"I will give freely...
to him who thirsts, who comes and takes freely-
at no cost."
Giving and taking freely,
from the stream/well/fountain that never runs dry.
This water we take in by which we are refreshed.
Then from us it flows to the parched around us.
May we be like Hagar in the wilderness.
She knew her need was great.
She cried out to the Giver.
"And God opened her eyes and she saw a well...."