“On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” He said this about the Spirit. Those who believed in Jesus were going to receive the Spirit, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.”
John 7:37-39 CSB
Wow. What a promise!
Fly fishing had been a bucket list item for me for a while, and I was blessed to get to go a couple of times this past fall and winter. Once in North Georgia and once in North Carolina.
It was everything I imagined it to be, except some of my crappy casts (but like I wrote here the other day, we must embrace not being great when we start out because we get better over time).
Pictures do not do the beauty of it justice.
Pictures also don’t do the beauty of a rainbow trout justice. I was blown away by how beautiful they are!
There’s a running joke that trout only live in beautiful places.
It’s because they live in streams of living water.
Streams of LIVING water are full of all kinds of LIFE!
And it’s a beautiful thing!
It’s what’s attractive to others about Jesus in us.
NOT the cess pool of complaining, whining, gossiping, jealousy, slandering, arrogance, and being judgmental, which is too often how Christians live.
And our Good Father has given us this LIVING water!
My stream often gets dry, and that’s why I return every morning to get a drink.
While I’m there, I ask God to allow it to overflow from me.
This is what allows us to not just survive, but THRIVE!
May our hearts be a place where trout would want to live!