Our God is a powerful current

July 14, 2013

by Kara Boda, Communications Advisor

Water’s force is something to be reckoned with, and—I’ve learned—to be feared.

The recent weeks of flooding in Calgary have been surreal; my perception of water has drastically changed, along with my understanding of the God who named Himself the Living Water.

The waves I believed to be confined to the riverbed came tearing into parks, city streets, schools, and homes. A difference of a couple feet meant a different world:

a full savings account compared to thousands of dollars in damages;

a beautifully decorated home as opposed to a house stripped down to its studs;

a peaceful summer compared to a long, stressful road of clean up and rebuilding.

Water’s force is something to be reckoned with, and—I’ve learned—to be feared.

In the weeks since the flood, God’s description of Himself as the Living Water has taken new meaning. The water that brought me peace and fulfillment is also dangerous; what does that mean for how I relate to God?

English author C.S. Lewis grappled with this question. In his children’s stories, he described God as a Lion whose wildness didn’t fit into peoples’ expectations—particularly a young girl named Susan:

“Ohh, said Susan…”Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”…

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver, “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Our God made no mistake when He named Himself the Living Water. His Presence in our lives overflows our small expectations, washes away our flawed ways of thinking, and is a powerful current that isn’t always safe or status quo.  

But our God is good.

In Romans 8, the Apostle Paul writes that creation groans in pain and frustration as it awaits God’s redemption. Often its waters destroy, like the flooding that has desolated parts of Canada, India, and China in the recent weeks. And yet, there is hope.

The Living Water—unexpected, unpredictable, incomprehensible—is working to save, heal, and make creation new. Our God is a raging river. He is fighting against the forces of evil in the world, and one day, He will overcome all pain, all sin, all hopelessness.

Today, may we throw ourselves anew into His current. In Christ, we not only experience His healing, but also become agents of His redemption in our hurting world.