This summer our vacation trip was to the northeastern area of the United States. Our first stop was at Niagara Falls.
I had heard about the Falls all my life and had visited there when in elementary school. However, Bill had never been to the Falls, so we decided to correct that situation and visit them this year.
The sound of the water rushing past as if it was in a headlong race straight toward the jagged cliff was deafening. The spray as the water fell to the River below was beautiful to see. It was wonderful to be there. We did not get on the Maid of the Mist, which would have taken us underneath the Falls, but we watched as it rocked along the rapids and soaked the passengers who were decked out in yellow slickers.
The next day we crossed the bridge that went over the American border to Canada and, after clearing the entry process, we found ourselves in Ontario, Canada.
The Canadian side of the Falls is horseshoe-shaped, and it was beautiful as well.
I don’t mean this to be a travelogue on Niagara Falls; others can do a much better job of that than I can. But I cannot ignore the importance of water to our land, indeed to our very lives.
Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well when she came to draw water at midday, rather than in the cool of the day as the other women would do. In discussing the need for water, we read:
“Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Again, Jesus said in John 7:38:
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'””
As I was watching the water falls on both the American and Canadian side of the border, I thought of Jesus’ words. The water in the Niagara River surely gives life to those who drink from it, but it is not living water. Jesus gives to each of His children the water of life that flows out of his heart in abundance. It is as if each of us has a Niagara Falls within our hearts, enabling us to do Jesus’ work in our fallen world through His Spirit and His strength.
Niagara Falls — beautiful to see, fun to be near, and illustrative of the abundance that Jesus can make available to each of us, if we yield our hearts and lives to Him and His service.
Father, I thank You for giving us the opportunity to see Niagara Falls. I pray that I would follow your Word and allow the Holy Spirit to create in me living water that would enable me to do the work that Jesus desires me to do as I live my life for Him throughout my days.