For years I have been a camp leader. One of my "jobs" has been to lead an outdoor adventure called the "creek walk." We'd don our squishy water shoes, sunglasses and sun screen and off we'd go wading through the creek.
As the sunlight filtered through the trees making dancing crystals on the water, I would look for symbols in nature which pointed to God's glory all around us. The most remarkable were the trees planted near the stream. Though, in the midst of summer, some of the fields were clouds of dusty swirls, the creek trees were a vibrant sign of green life.
Psalm 1, one of my favorites, points to the fact of nature that living water keeps one alive. Whether it is an oasis in the desert or a water park in the summer, water brings refreshment and laughter.
Keeping close to the Living, Rushing Water of Christ by staying close to the Word of God keeps our lives bubbling with energy and purpose. Meditating upon the precepts of scripture, drinking deeply from God's wisdom, keeps the Body of Christ free from toxins.
How wonderful it is to delight in the word of the LORD--
to lead blameless lives and do what is right,
speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
to refuse to gossip
or harm neighbors
or speak evil of friends.
to despise flagrant sin,
and honor the faithful followers of the Lord,
and keep promises even when it hurts.
to lend money without charging interest,
and to not be bribed to lie about the innocent.
Such people will stand firm forever.
Like trees standing in the wetlands.