Water, water every where!

“Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.”
These last few days, this small bit of poetry has been running through my head. It is a few lines of a longer poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (originally The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere) by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98. Though I am sure Mr. Coleridge could never imagined how pertinant his poem is to our modern times. This has been the situation in my part of the world. Here in West Virginia, for the last week, we have been under a water crisis. A chemical was leaked in to our water supply, and a water ban was issued for over 300,000 people. Not only did this affect individual households, but schools, hospitals, restaurants. The impact of this water ban has made me realize how something we all take for granted, meaning clean, safe drinking water, is actually a luxury. Of course we all see the commercials about children in other parts of the world, who need clean drinking water, but what happens when you are the one needing water? You can’t bathe, wash your hands, cook, do laundry, etc. All restaurants are shut down, the store shelves are cleared of their current stock of bottled water, and hospitals emergency rooms begin filling up with patients who appear to be suffering the effects from accidentally drinking the toxic water. Thank goodness outside agencies and individuals began pouring resources in to our state, providing cases of bottled water, huge tanks of water, and other items people may need. The outpouring of geneerosity, kindness, and help has been overwhelming.
As the water ban began lifting for a few cities , and we began the long process of flushing our pipes, and any appliances that use water, a sense of normalcy is begins to return to our state, but the lasting affects of the water crisis will be felt for a very long time. Never again will I take this precious resource for granted. Since water has beeen on my mind this past week, I was curious as to how many times water was mentioned in the Bible. Well, seems quite a bit. Water is mentioned 722 times, more than faith or hope. Which serves as a reminder as to how important this liquid is to not only our life, but also our very salvation. I have listed here a few Bible verses where water is mentioned, in no particular order.

John 4:14 – But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Ezekiel 36:25 – Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

John 7:38 – He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Isaiah 43:2 – When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Revelation 21:6 – And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Matthew 3:16 – And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

Exodus 17:1 – And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and [there was] no water for the people to drink.

Genesis 1:9 – And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so.

Revelation 16:4 – And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.

John 3:5 – Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Numbers 20:11 – And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts [also].

Revelation 8:11 – And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

As detailed in these verses, it is made plain how not only is water critical to our very existence, but also a way to seek salvation., through baptism. I believe my favorite verse is:
John 4:14 – But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Next time you turn on your tap, to either get a drink or wash your hands, think how this simple fluid, is actually a life-giving resource that should never be taken for granted. I know that I will never look at clean water as just a convenience, but will see it as a generous gift from our Creator.

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