The Power of Living Water


Natural Bridge is a geological formation in Rockbridge County, Virginia, comprising a 215-foot-high natural arch with a span of 90 feet. It is situated within a gorge carved from the surrounding mountainous limestone terrain by Cedar Creek, a small tributary of the James River. Consisting of horizontal limestone strata, Natural Bridge is the remains of the roof of a cave or tunnel through which the Cedar Creek flows.

The power of water to carve through mountains is amazing. While catastrophic flooding can certainly etch huge ditches and canyons into the landscape, the persistent flow of a much milder source can in time have the same results.

I have seen this transforming power in the lives of Christians over the years as well when the "living water" flooded one's soul and dramatically and instantaneously changed them while for others it was a longer, slower process.... both resulting in completely different people than they were before encountering God personally and receiving Him into their life.

Jesus said, "Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’" (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him.) -John 7:38-39

Like the Natural Bridge pictured, God's Holy Spirit carves His way through your life that was previously hardened and impenetrable so that those same living waters flow freely through you and into the lives of others.

The softer you allow your heart to be, the faster God is able to impact your life. Do not harden your heart so that God cannot have an affect on you like the people Jesus describes below.

"For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes— so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them." -Matthew 13:15

Natural Bridge State Park
Natural Bridge, VA


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