19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
A person’s response to God’s offer of salvation is a matter of engaging the will, faith and action.
Without the will there is no movement,
Without faith there is no direction,
Without action there is no reward.
To discover Living Water requires us knowing:
Whose open Hand provides this blessing and treasure
What is it’s measure
Where to find it flowing?
We must start by digging for water in the caverns of the heart.
If the ground is rocky, we must dig in silence with the sharp adze of patience.
Do your hear something?
If our ground is hard, we must soften it with mercy and repentance:
For the soil of pride can only be removed through meek dependence
Do you hear the drip of water on stone?
We must not simply remove the weeds which are the fruits of the passions,
we must excavate each day with persistence
since familiar habits possess a stubborn resistance;
whereas the humus of humility is the place to locate compassion.
In this way, we may even lead in order to serve.
Leading the way to build a viaduct for the King of Glory
Order our service to others by constructing a conduit for Christ.
Dig therefore with wisdom,
Dig with discernment,
Dig with love,
Whilst guarding the heart at all times with diligence.
Do you hear water flowing?
Because at the time appointed,
At the opportune moment,
We who are disjointed
are healed and
Sealed with the Holy Spirit.
God opens the flood gates of our hearts
With His own master key of humility,
To become a channel of His grace.
Just listen to that sound!
The sound of Living waters;
an ocean wave, a mighty river in flood, a cascading waterfall
a fountain of benediction;
heard by earth’s sons and daughters
To become for all a Life- Giving spring, welling up to Eternity.
Work hard then each day and dig!
Listen, work, dig deep
head bowed with sweat and tears,
extinguishing fears of death, awakening life from sleep,
exchanging salt waters for sweet
to greet Living waters.
Many rich and powerful men would pay dearly to see the Lord or His Most Pure Mother, but God does not appear in riches, but in the humble heart… Every one of the poorest men can be humbled and come to know God. It needs neither money nor reputation to come to know God, but only humility.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, I.11,21)
By Fr. Jonathan Hemmings