There is a landscape display in my city that has a constant flow of water springing from the rocks within it. The water supply is never shut off. It is constantly being circulated through the pumps that force the water to the top of the rocks. The water cascades down the stone, and the pumps repeat the cycle. It is a nice display. Pleasing to the eye, and the sound of the rushing water is very soothing.
I was sitting across from the display today, watching the water. It reminded me of the part of John 7:37-38 which reads, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Those few words of Jesus have resonated within me throughout this journey of mine. Many times, I have seen this “living water” in motion within my own life.
That “motion,” this “living water,” is His Holy Spirit.
Jesus was telling the people that it will be Holy Spirit who dwells in believers and seals them for salvation (Ephesians 1:13–14). Holy Spirit would be the living water that would always flow from within.
Like a river, and like the water that flows from the rocks of our local landscape display, the water never stops moving. Jesus has shown me that the moving of His Holy Spirit is what moves me in the proper direction. If someone were to come and turn off the pumps at the display, the water would not move. Stagnation would create staleness, and foulness.
It is the same within this fallen flesh of mine. I often reject His living water by shutting Him out of my life. The sin that has a great deal of influence within my battle sometimes edges God out. Ego switches the power to the “off” position. Spirit is dammed up, and the pump that drives His divine power within is disconnected by my selfish desires.
His living water is always flowing, somewhere outside of our limiting or termination of the flow. But, as our Spirit is renewed, as His water starts to flow again, it makes its way through the stone. It moves the hardened places within us. It rejuvenates. He replenishes. Like the water of the landscape display, our inner-most being is much more alluring when His water is encouraged to flow.