Updated: May 20, 2021
From Thursday, March 25, 2021.
I live very close to the Rogue River and I cross over the river on my way to work. This morning as I drove I thought "Jesus is like that river, a life-giver."
The river is a life giver. During the summer we have quite a few irrigation canals around our little valley that are fed by that river. The canals in turn provide water to farmers and gardeners and ranchers.
The river also teams with life. There are several variety of trout, steelhead and salmon, even sturgeon.
Ezekiel 47:9, 10 ESV says "And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. Fishermen will stand beside the sea...it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea."
I love that imagery.
Then there is the wildlife that live along the river and are dependent on the fish and water. Most common in our area are the American black bear, cougar, deer, bald eagle, osprey, Great Blue Heron, and Kingfishers. I have seen river otters, turtles, frogs and Newts.
If you visit one of our local parks along the river you are sure to see Canada geese, mallards and other types of ducks.
On my property alone I have a Pileated woodpecker as well as a Red-headed Woodpecker, hummingbirds and Steller's Jay, Nuthatch, Doves, Dark-eyed, Juncos, Scrub Jay's, Black-headed Grosbeak (wow do they have a song) a large flock of ravens (or crows...hard to tell them apart) we have a family of deer, and driving to a neighbor's house one day I saw a Spotted Towhee. I even have a coyote on the property, and I captured a fox on my trail cam.
On my way to work in the early mornings I have seen coyotes and fox, rabbits and owls, raccoons and possum, even a bear!
The wildlife is amazing. But what would it look like without the life-giving water of the Rogue River or the many streams that feed the river?
Yes, Jesus is like that river. He is the life giver.
I love the story of Jesus and the woman of Samaria.
Jesus was headed to Galilee from Judea and had to pass through Samaria. He was tired from his journey and was resting next to a well. A woman came to draw water and they had this conversation:
(John 4:7-14 Clear Word Version:) "...Jesus said to her "Would you let me have a drink after you draw your water? I have no container to draw from the well." He was alone when this happened because His disciples had gone into town to buy some food. The woman said, "Why do you a Jew, ask me for a drink of water when the Jews would rather die of thirst than accept a drink from a Samaritan? And, you're asking a woman, no less!" Jesus answered, "If you knew who was asking you for a drink of water, you would be asking Him for a drink of life-giving water.” The woman said, "You just told me that you had no way to get water because this well is too deep, so from which well around here are you going to get this special water? Are you greater than our patriarch Jacob who gave us this well? It not only has good water, but it also has a special meaning for us because he, his family and his cattle drank from it." Jesus answered, "The water from this well may be good water, bit it's like all other water, after you drink it, you'll get thirsty again. The water that I can give you is special. Once you drink it, you'll never be thirsty again. It will constantly bubble up inside of you like a fresh mountain spring, furnishing eternal life."
Oh, how I love this story! There is so much going on here, but the bottom line is the water of life that He offers to each of us. We need that water!!
John 7:37-38 ESV "...Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me...out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
I want that water, daily. I want rivers of living water to flow from within me! Don't you?
I pray you have a blessed day. Keep your eyes on Jesus and remember: He is coming back soon!