Water for Life: A Parable from the Desert

We are with friends at the edge of the Mojave Desert. Only miles away the coastal mountains cause moisture to uplift and eventually yield precipitation. desert-naturalThe air is too dry above the desert, however, so clouds pass over and might provide a sprinkle but rarely any more. Even in the present season, when the Mojave is “relatively wet” and green things are present, untouched soil and sand yield little useful vegetation, as you can see in the image.

On the other hand, with a little irrigation and care, fruit trees at this time of year in the Mojave blossom as the other images illustrate. desert-flowerIf the winds are not too fierce, they bear fruit, but irrigation is essential as the fruit develops. The tree as well as the fruit perish without irrigation techniques that provide water in the absence of natural precipitation.

So it is with God and man. Man by himself is just like the desert. His dry soul will not yield proper fruit. Eventually, he dies for lack of real life-giving water that comes from a relationship with God. Psalm 1 expresses it simply: a man is blessed if he delights in God. He is like a tree planted by streams of water. The woman at the well in John 4, who was an unlikely candidate for a direct meeting with God, became engaged in a conversation with the Messiah about the same subject. His statement was also direct, plain, and recorded for our sake: “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.” Her response and action led to an unforeseen (to the disciples) two days in the Samaritan town as Christ shared the Kingdom of God. In short, he shared himself, because he is the water of life.desert-2-flower

Do you know this water? Do you know the blessed peace and consolation of a relationship with the Giver of Life that can provide water for the soul? Without Him, we will live no better than the fruit tree in the Mojave desert that has no one to irrigate it. We will die dry and parched without Christ. Hungry for water in the soul? Commit your way to the Lord Jesus Christ and ask him to water that dry soul. You will not thirst again.

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