Focusing on H2O

July 1, 2011

Listening to: In The Sweet By And By-Jordan Layne Bourland 
Cool word: Ailurophile
Water, or H2O, is said to be the most abundant compound on Earth's surface and "is the only common substance found naturally in all three common states of matter and it is essential for all life on Earth." (Wikipedia).

From the time we were in kindergarten, we knew the basic function of water. We knew the basic names: aqua, H2O.  H2O is an essential means for sustaining life.  It covers 70.78 percent of the Earth; while land only covers 29.22 percent. That 70.78 percent of water is, in fact, salt water, which means that there is about 2 percent drinkable water. But that 2 percent is crucial.


We’re not only what we eat, but also what we drink.  According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, “Your muscles that move your body are 75% water; your blood that transports nutrients is 82% water; your lungs that provide your oxygen are 90% water; your brain that is the control center of your body is 76% water; even your bones are 25% water.”

Water is a major source for life. All that exists on the face of this Earth is dependent on one substance, water. H2O. While our physical body is dependent on H2O, we are dependent on God-the Living Water-spiritually.  

Coincidental or not, the Bible references Jesus ‘at the well’ more than once. One of the major parables involving a ‘well’ happens to be a touching story involving a Samaritan woman. While the story of the Samaritan woman is gripping, heart-warming, and reassuring, the story about the paralyzed man by the well serves a purpose for this post tonight. 

Jesus is our spiritual H2O that promises to quench our greatest thirst. This is exactly what He told the paralyzed man at the well (John 5: 1-8).  In John 5 Jesus was on His way to a special feast. It is likely that Jesus was surrounded by bold colors, fragrant perfumes, good food, vendors, and shoppers while on His way to the feast. There were a variety of things that could have caught His attention. Instead of a colorful shawl, a tasty leg of lamb, or a refined perfume, Jesus chose to focus His attention on a paralytic man at Bethesda.
The Healing at the Pool
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”
Jesus didn’t hesitate. He walked over to the paralytic man just like He did with the Samaritan woman, out of love and concern. Jesus walks straight to us as well. Jesus can see us in midst of our needs and just walk straight to us without hesitation! 

Like the paralytic man at the well, we sometimes become so focused on the water’s surface (doing things in our own power) that we don’t even notice Jesus standing next to us or waiting for us. So often are we focused on our own problems that we fail to notice the King of kings standing right next to us waiting to meet our needs. We get so busy looking to other sources for answers that we forget to notice Jesus is the ANSWER!

Know it: God wants you so tuned into Him that when He needs your attention, He automatically has it. 

Read it: 2 Chronicles 16:9; Lamentations 3:22-26; John 5:1-8

1 comment

  1. Nice analogy Emily! Jesus is our H2O, and He's waiting for us! We just don't realize it! :) You're so right, we need to be there for Him, just like He's always there for us! Great post!

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