Spilling out of the mountain, the clear, frigid water pooled at the base of the rocks in a natural basin that had been worn smooth by centuries of swiftly flowing water.  Locally, this spring was said to have healing properties, and because of it, people came not just to drink, but to bottle up some to take home with them.

Visitors came with containers of all kinds: washed out milk jugs, glass canning jars, glass bottles, pots, and water coolers usually reserved for picnics.  All were brought to the water’s edge to be filled. It was a spectacle that one could enjoy watching. Some containers were purely utilitarian and unattractive but very serviceable.  Other containers bordered on beautiful with their painted ceramic outsides and shiny metal spigots for dispensing water.  Regardless of what the container looked like, it was still there for the same purpose.  It was to be filled with water. 

Just like these containers, humans are really different from each other.  Our looks, our emotional and mental strength, and our life’s circumstances make us truly unique.  But, from the most humble to the grandest among us, God wants to fill each of us with his spirit!  Our longing for his presence is universal.  We need Him to fill us up.  Psalms 107:9 says, “For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry with goodness (KJV).  

I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful that none of the things that make us unique and different from others prevents God from filling us with His spirit.  Let our prayer be, “Yes, Lord.  Fill us up!”

Fill us every morning with your faithful love so we can rejoice and celebrate our whole life long (Ps. 90:14 CEB).

–  TH    –

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