Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Water: Rain, Rivers, Lakes and Such

Water: Rain, Rivers, Lakes and Such, we have always taken for granted.  Brenda and I grew up within two or three miles of the mighty Etowah River in North Georgia.  My Dad's family had a farm that stretched for almost a mile along the sandy banks of that river.  Nearby was the watershed impoundment of Lake Alatoona.  Between the Etowah and the Alatoona we passed many a happy time.

Just as happy to us was the small "branch" within a few hundred yards of our childhood home.  That branch led into a creek and when we were in High School we spent time hiking all the way to the creek, though we were too poor in those days to really hike, we were relegated to mere walking.

In Botswana, water is a scarce commodity.  We have written that we lose our water service once per week.  It is winter here, and the "dry(er)" season.  Even in wet season it isn't too wet, mostly dry and dusty.

So, when we saw all the water in the Republic of South Africa, we were amazingly pleased.  Humans need water, but also love water.  Living near water is a big attraction and people pay big money for that privilege.

Maybe that is why water has a special place in Scripture.  Probably the best known of these is John 7:38, "Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them."

We have a whole new appreciation for that water too.

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