“Isaiah’s language in 12:2-6 of the wells of God’s salvation speaks both to those who suffer water’s absence and those who feel drowned in the waters of destruction. God’s salvation flows and overflows, fulfilling the deepest need of parched souls with the very presence of God in their midst…..Water is a common motif in the Hebrew Scriptures. There are narratives of God’s miraculous provision of water for desperate persons (Genesis 21:19) and communities (Exodus 17:1-7). Water is often used as a metaphor for salvation (Isaiah 35:6-7 and 55:1; Ezekiel 47:1-12). And water represents the very presence of God with individuals (Psalm 42:1 and 63:1) and with communities (Isaiah 44:3)… in Isaiah 12:3, the “wells of salvation” from which the people will draw seem to reflect both salvation and divine presence…” (from Elizabeth Webb blogging at workingpreacher.org)
I have a love/hate relationship with water. I love to be near it but am wary of being in it. My family loves to be in the water as you can see from this photo. I like to drink water from a cup, not gasping for air as it churns over me in a wave. Does this mean I prefer the safety of solid ground to the sense of floating and trusting that God will carry me safely to a new location? It helps me to consider these things as I ask myself how is it with my soul? ~ Linda
What is your relationship to water? What might you learn about your own understanding of God’s presence by comparing God to water? How might you trust in God and not be afraid this day?