Thirsty Work


We all come from the same place. We share the same birthright. The Bible is full of supports for that idea, ranging from the one here to the fact that, when Jesus talked about God, He said "Our Father." Ours. Let's think about how that concept differs from the "I'm special and you're not" concept that folks sometimes encounter in contemporary spiritual pursuits. We have no hierarchy. No intermediaries. No ascended masters or special talismans. No hidden teachings or secret knocks. There's just "Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27, NASB)." There are changing facts and there is timeless Truth; life is a matter of water and stone. We need both. We can't live without water, but we can't live on it, either. Without solid ground, we drown.

Some folks spend their lives treading water. It is the nature of water to flow and change, but some people try to find stability and identity in that inherent instability. They go from one material possession and sense gratification to another. They try to crystallize the ephemeral; maybe that's what a selfie really is. But water doesn't stay frozen forever.

Some folks dehydrate their lives. They avoid change and fear differences. Some spend their days waiting. Some try and bend the universe to their egos, which is like trying to melt a rock with a magnifying glass.

In the book of Numbers (chapter 20, verses 2-13), we read that the Israelites were thirsty. God told Moses that if he spoke the word to the rock, water would spring forth. But that's not what Moses did. Instead of acknowledging God as Source, Moses took responsibility. Instead of speaking to the rock, Moses hit it. It did not go well.

It might seem hard to fathom Moses' actions. I can sympathize, though. I have made the same mistakes on more than one occasion. I have forgotten that God is my Source, and tried to make things happen instead of allowing Spirit to be in charge. Instead of speaking (and listening), I've tried to force my will upon the universe. Maybe I'm not the only one.

We are all going down the same stream. How gently or merrily that journey goes is a matter of choice and perception, of presence and attention. A skilled river guide can read the surface of the water and tell you where the rocks are. You can look at your "current" situation and learn something about how Spirit is at work in your life. The trick is to be grateful for all of it.

Be a water and stone person. What's happening right now can tell you who you really are. Knowing who you are will change what happens next. Celebrating all of it is the way to make a real difference in real life. And that's what we are here to do.