Over this past year, I have been on a reading plan to read the Bible through in a year. Just yesterday, I was struck, challenged, and encouraged by a passage from Ezekiel 47. Pretty obscure, right? Well, pretty much the gist of the passage is that there is a salty river that flows through the temple, but as it exits the temple and becomes deeper, instead of salt water, there’s fresh water. Fresh water that encourages trees to grow along the shore. Fresh water that teems with many kinds of fish. Fresh water that feeds fruit trees whose leaves do not wither and “every month will bear fruit because the water from the sanctuary flows to them.”
Wouldn’t it be great if the “river” that flowed through my house, church, and family be FRESH, growing LIFE wherever it goes? What a challenge to me personally… Is my “river” salty, killing hopes, dreams, ideas, and God-given purpose in the lives of the people I meet, my kids, my husband? Or is my “river” teeming with LIFE? Is it FRESH and full of words of encouragement, acts of kindness coupled with good deeds, and a countenance overflowing with praise and worship?
May my home be one in which those who enter will leave refreshed. May our church be one that when broken people walk in, they leave WHOLE. May my family be one that whoever we have relationship with would be encouraged with the LIFE that flows in and through us.