Saturday, 20 October 2007

Water of life

I was just reading an article on the possible discovery of an ancient dried-up lake in Darfor, which potentially has a huge reserve of water stored in the bedrock underneath (www.catolicnews.com). The Egyptian archaeologist who found it mainly using satalite imagery and has found an ancient lake before now providing the main water supply of a region in Egypt. It is said that if the data is correct, and wells can be dug successfully that this might be a big help to work towards peace in the region.

While reading the article (which I found very interesting being an engineer) I was thinking about the "water of life" and the woman at the well (Jn 4). In the dessert water is surely one of the most scarce and precious source of life, where in the western world clean water is commonly not a problem (although, more and more strains are put on clean water supplies as people in Galway, Ireland can confirm). There is however maybe a scarcity of the water of Life. This life might not directly be the life of the body but it is surely the life of the soul.

Sometimes when I walk through the city I am looking at the people that walk past, and a lot of them don't seem terribly happy. This might just be my interpretation, but I it strikes me that there is something missing. Would it be possible that one of the reason's has do with the thirst of the soul for the water of life.

Being a convert I don't understand why the gross of God's children don't want to know Him on a deep and personal note. For me it does just not make sense! The only thing we have to do is to say yes to God, and make a commitment to spent some time with him. Jesus promises that "the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water, welling up for eternal life." (Jn 4.14). This is the well of joy and peace, which will fill our whole being, giving us hope, faith and love!

Again, these are my personal reflections, but I think a lot of people are a bit lost in modern society. There might be a lack of purpose in their lives, and they might feel that they are running around without getting anywhere. It is a pitty that most of them probably don't know the real message of the gospel of life. They don't drink of the living water of love, of faith and of hope, which will give them joy, peace and a sense of direction in these turbulent times.

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