“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. “Jeremiah 2:13
It was during an international call from Chile that I first heard of the Atacama Desert. I was astonished.
“In some spots in the desert, Shirley,” Junior said, “It has not rained in at least a hundred years.”
I hate to admit it for I am incredibly ignorant of too many things, but I don’t recall every learning of this desert, and here it is the driest portion of ground in the world. When I began reading about the area, I found it to be just as Junior had said, and its dryness is even more profound than he had suggested.
Facts: These incredibly dry mountains see an average of less than .004 inches/.01cm of rain per year. Many times this area will go without rainfall at all for many years. Some places in the Atacama Desert have not had rainfall for over 400 years!
“Nothing grows,” Junior emphasized this past weekend as we drove through our desert area, which is ablaze with flowers of yellow and purple and white.
“Nothing grows in the Anacama desert. Not an insect, not a plant…nothing.”
As he spoke, I thought of the ever- present and distinct parallel between the physical world and the spirit of man. Just as nothing will grow in the earth without the cooling nourishment of water, so in our souls, nothing of the spirit will grow without that same washing. A seed may have been planted, but without water, only will come a hardening and a dead shrivel.
I haven’t done an extensive study on water in the Bible, but I’ve done a little, would like to share it with you, and hear anything you wish to add.
Water in the Bible:
1. Signifies the Word of God
“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” Ephesians 5:26
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Psalm 119:9
2. Signifies cleansing
“Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols will I cleanse you. Ezekiel 36:25
“Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sin, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38
3. Signifies the infilling of the Holy Ghost
“God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:2-3
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him shall receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given: because that Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7:38-39
Nothing grows in that desert, he had told me. Nothing. Not a cactus, a hint of a flower, nor an insect. Nothing grows there.
I cannot allow that to happen in my spirit, in my soul, for such barrenness, such desolation, and unfruitfulness is mean and ugly. Deadly.
One last scripture, though…one of my favorites.
“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” Isaiah 55:1
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