Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Fire and Water

Jesus Christ...He shows Himself to us in the most basic elements of our existence. Food, drink, breath, shelter, fire, water, wind and land. Man's most basic needs....earth's most basic provisions....this is Who He is to us....if we can receive Him... everything we need and every meeting of that need.
There is a quote... that if you look at nature you find God in His heavens... it goes on to say something to the effect that if you look at God, you find Him inside...This is what I aim for...Even a heathen can look at the mountains or the oceans and appreciate the handiwork of God. Things in nature are lovely and incredible reminders of an awesome being and His power, like no others, but nature is a shadow of Him, a mere reflection. I want something more...I want a revelation of Him and who He really is, deep inside my spirit. A revelation that changes me and makes me more into His image. I want a knowing of Him in a more real way. I don't just want to appreciate His handiwork, I want experience it, personally, internally.
I think I could take every element indiviually and discover more of Him but lately He is talking to me about fire and water....and maybe shelter, but I'll save that for later.

Fire is such a powerful force...overcoming almost everything....reflective of passion, desire, intensity...it can be incredibly beneficial, not to mention mesmerizing and soothing, even creative and life giving...it can also be very dangerous and destructive. Either way, as Nancy said in her comments, things are never the same once fire is involved. God likens Himself to a consuming fire...that can be a good thing...or a very bad one depending on which side of Him you find yourself. :) He is also quite fond of purification using fire as a tool, so that all that remains of us is Him...flesh cannot withstand fire....it melts like toasted marshmallows...:) Ouch!
However it is Christ as water that usually speaks to me most clearly....His life is the river that flows from the throne of God written in Revelations. It is a trickle, a stream, a waterfall rushing, flowing from the heart of God right through our hearts, into our spirits and out from our spirits to the world,... to one another....and though water also has the power to change it carries hope in its wake.

....Water brings life...without water the earth dies...we die......but it can also brings death...crashing torrents of water destroy...and nothing can stop it.....man can only try to contain it for a time in dams and resevoirs but sooner or later water breaks through...the floods from Katrina destroyed New Orleans...the sunami killed thousands....yet the much needed rains save crops and rivers and oceans sustain life.
Water...so necessary...so strong...it seems to me that nothing has power over it....water can conquer fire....but I do not think fire can conquer water...it can seep through solid rock, be frozen or evaporated and still come back to its own....
The first thought that comes to my mind when you say water is life...the first thought that comes when you say fire is destruction.....
Here is a list, I'm sure incomplete, of other words that come to mind when thinking of fire and water:

Fire

heat
light
warmth
comfort
spark
life
death
mesmerizing
purifying
cleansing
creative
purging
raging
burns
destroys
melts
powerful
frightening
overwhelming
conquer
irreversible
useful

Water

flows
Runs
washes
purifies
cleanses
cool
warm
drowns
conquers
floods
contains
life
death
supplies
food
refreshment
nourishment
rain
snow
clouds
ice
river
ocean
useful
soothing
frightening
overwhelming
destroys
powerful
changable
necessary

Please add others to the list if you think of them. Thanks for rambling along with me as I think outloud....:)

7 comments:

bjk said...

I need this rambling......

Kimber said...

great post!

Thanks for the encouragement on my blog too - I need that today!

Deb said...

water---sustaining

:)

Sissy B. said...

I love how you ramble:)...I just mentioned in Bible study last night how much I am inspired, taught, and encouraged by my blogging buddies :) Thank you!!! Your ears must have been ringing :)

BekABoo said...

Both are consuming and expansive. These posts made me think of all those wild fires broken out right now. There are about 1 million acres burning right now in the US. These also kept popping the Grand Canyon image in my head. Water was powerful enough to create one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.

MsDee said...

Man! I had worked on a comment for about half an hour.
It was a good one and then Blogger killed it.
I'm on fire right now and need a glass of water because i can't write it all over again


But it was good

Aimee said...

We have a walk close to where we live here in WA, and it is a lovely walk that follows a river and its waterfalls. We walk it all the time and Christ never stops being expressed on it...but early this year we had had A LOT of rain (A LOT! And we get a lot anyway...) So this already raging river became something MORE. It was bigger and more immense than I had ever seen it before. And when once I walked by it calm, I now walked by it in awe and wonder, and a little frightened by its intensity. Maybe because I knew I was safe where I was, or maybe just seeing a new side of something so dear to me, I fell in Love with this river. To me, this was my Lord. He is ever changing as well as never changing. And I keep falling in Love with Him for it. Thank you for your Christ sister!