Pure, clean and refreshing water has long been a concern of mine. Both in how much I enjoy it and how much I fear it becoming scarce, contaminated or unavailable. The plain facts of decreasing water supply for domestic use, agriculture, and natural habitats for birds and animals is obvious and unquestionable. I have had dreams and visions about water for many years.
In the scriptures water is used definitively for drinking, rain, natural water in rivers, streams and oceans, etc. as well as the beautiful pictures of water being a symbol of the Holy Spirit or “rivers of living water flowing from the heart” (John 7:37-39). Jesus made the same connection in John 4 where the Samaritan woman at the well was told, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
The similarities I see in the water issue in the negative are restraints, lack and drought, and in the positive, the refreshing and life giving drink. I see what is happening in the physical to be very much what is happening in the spiritual. For the last twenty-years or so we have habitually needed a plastic water bottle to quench our thirst if we have to drive around the block, or go for a walk or sit ten minutes for a talk and all the while leaving behind over a billion plastic bottles daily. “Humans globally purchase 1 million plastic water bottles per minute, 91% of which are not recycled. This means that per day plastic water bottle consumption currently rests at an incredible rate of nearly 1.5 billion per day.” (GoPure pod)
I think we are just as dry spiritually as we seem to be naturally. Perhaps attempts to relieve our spiritual thirsts have been just as plastic.
“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” Jesus