MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Sitting here, mesmerized by the sound of rain; closing my eyes and looking within. The sound is so calming, it's almost like God provides it as a time for us to slow down and just listen.
I picture myself when I was a child, running outside in the rain; looking up skyward for the rain drops to wash down my face. Water is so significant in our faith; it is a cleansing and refreshing provision from God both physically and spiritually.
In the Bible, when you look at Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman, He reveals himself as the living water of which one will never thirst. He heals a man telling him to wash himself in the pool of Siloam.
Of course John the Baptist baptizes with water, as is done today.
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This article is a very nice juxtapositioning of two very important elements of water - our need for it materially, and our need for the living water spiritually. Likening the gospel of sonship with God and this most vital of needs in the physical world is a wonderful metaphor. Without one, our physical body suffers; without the other one, our spirit life suffers. The video at the top of the article gives us some practical advice about water for physical health.
The article is geared more towards the need for humans to become better stewards of water; to become more appreciative of this precious resource and begin becoming more careful with its use. It is worth reading. The Urantia Book teaches us that once we become more aware of the familial relationship we have with all of humanity, we will become better citizens, as we learn to be ever more responsible for our impact on the world and on our fellow sojourners--even in such a seemingly mundane reality as our relationship with water.
One thing we can do to help us to find new ways of being spiritually hydrated is to become ever more knowledgable regarding the life of Jesus. I want to reference the scene of the Woman at the Well, which is mentioned in the article. This is the event where Jesus declares for the first time (and to a Samaritan woman, no less!), that he is the Son of God.
143:5.8 This was the first direct, positive, and undisguised pronouncement of his divine nature and sonship which Jesus had made on earth; and it was made to a woman, a Samaritan woman, and a woman of questionable character in the eyes of men up to this moment, but a woman whom the divine eye beheld as having been sinned against more than as sinning of her own desire and as now being a human soul who desired salvation, desired it sincerely and wholeheartedly, and that was enough.
This is great example of the way Jesus did things. He looked into people's hearts and he spoke to their deepest desires. In our day-to-day life, we can learn to do this, too. We're likely to fall short of the Masters abilities, but we can try...we can at least do more than we're doing, probably. In both our interactions with other people and as good stewards of the earth, we, being Kingdom-dwellers, bear a responsibility to act as we think Jesus might act. When we study the Master's life, we find clear patterns of behavior that we would do well to emulate.
160:5.2 Religion can never be a matter of mere intellectual belief or philosophic reasoning; religion is always and forever a mode of reacting to the situations of life; it is a species of conduct. Religion embraces thinking, feeling, and acting reverently toward some reality which we deem worthy of universal adoration. (Rodan's teachings)
This event above is only one of numerous great stories that illustrate Jesus' character, his methods of ministry, and his loving nature. There are hundreds of others in The Urantia Book.
We have created a collection of these wonderful stories on our site. We call this collection "Illustrated Great Jesus Stories." If you click on the link, you can browse the selection and read through some of these wonderful examples of Jesus' character, both human and divine.
Whether it's how to better appreciate the wonders of nature (Jesus loved nature!), or how to treat our brothers and sisters of the spirit with more love and tolerance, we can do no better than to familiarize ourselves with the life and teachings of Jesus:
196:1.3 To “follow Jesus” means to personally share his religious faith and to enter into the spirit of the Master’s life of unselfish service for man. One of the most important things in human living is to find out what Jesus believed, to discover his ideals, and to strive for the achievement of his exalted life purpose. Of all human knowledge, that which is of greatest value is to know the religious life of Jesus and how he lived it.