Water and tears

Our bodies contain a lot of water and we  need water to stay in good health. Dehydration is sometimes hard to discover, but our skin might send some signals and  headaches, irritation and fatigue are of often a sign of  dehydration.

Man is not just a physical being. We are spirit, soul and body, according to the Bible, and need humidity in an inner sense as well. That is why Jesus stands up, during a Jewish religious festival and cries out: If anyone is thirsty, come to me and drink. He gives us a clear message: He, Himself, has water for our inner man and He invites us to drink of Him, daily. The religious activities and festivals won’t do the job. Drinking of His presence is what waters the soul.

But, as much as we need an input of water we need an output of it as well. Tears are a great gift.  When we cry we reveal that we have the ability to be moved. Stone-heartedness is fatal. When the pressure gets too high, when there are reasons to grieve or when our hearts are deeply moved, we need to be able to cry. Our tears move the heart of God. The Psalmist says that He even collects our tears in a bottle. That is how valuable they are to Him. And one day He will dry all tears from our eyes, IRL. Wow – that is my God!

Pastor Camilla

What do you collect?

Some people collect stamps, others LP-records from the 1960’s or veteran cars. I collect quotes. For me, words have weight and give direction for life. At the moment, my favourite quote is one by Eric Geiger: ”If you want to make everybody happy, don’t be a leader. Sell icecream”.

I like the quote because it challenges me with an important question: Am I driven by impressions coming from the outside or driven by what is inside of me? If I am driven by impressions from the outside I will anxiously ponder: Do people like me? Do they like what I stand for? What if someone is angry with me?

“All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God”, Paul writes (Rom. 8:14). Observe that he does not say: “All God’s children are driven by the Spirit of God”. It is fully possible to be a child of God and yet driven by fear, own ambitions or others’ desires. But our calling is higher than that: As a child of God I am to be led by His Spirit and His impulses. What a challenging thought!
Pastor Camilla