Monday, June 30, 2014

"Why Water?" A guest post by Jordyn Redwood

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As a pediatric ER nurse, I understand how essential water is for life.  A newborn that has missed as little as three feedings can have concern for dehydration.  Our bodies are primarily water.  An adult’s body is made up of approximately 60% water, whereas an infant is in upward of 75%. This, along with a baby’s size, explains how they can get into trouble much more quickly than an adult when they are unable to stay hydrated.  Without water, you’ll die in as short as three days.

Generally, water is free.  Of course, you have a monthly water bill, but you can go up to a water fountain and get a drink without having to throw some quarters into a coin slot.  Businesses will give you water for free.

I do think God gives us physical examples for spiritual principles, and water pops up scripturally over seven-hundred times.

One of the more well-known verses that discusses water is John 4:14.  Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again.  Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever.  The water I give will be an Artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” MSG

Could you imagine never being thirsty again?  Because water is readily available to us and costs very little, the imagery may be lost, but think of living in a desert and you have to trek over arduous terrain to simply get water to drink.  Imagine being the person sitting on windswept sand floors dreaming of never having dry, cracked lips or a parched tongue ever again. Ever.

This imagery came to me at church - about how something as important as water is free - and it got me thinking about other free things.

Other free things that are essential to life, free things essential to everlasting life, and then the words grace and belief came to mind.

Once, our preacher shared the follow joke.

“You are speeding and are pulled over.  Now, you really were speeding and fully deserve this penalty.  The officer writes you a ticket.  This is called justice.  But say you are having a bad day, and some tears are shed, and the officer has pity on you and lets you off with a warning. This is called mercy.  Let’s take that same example, and when you’re pulled over for the speeding ticket you fully deserve, you curse and swear at the officer for ruining your day. The policeman stand up, straightens his shoulders, pulls a key from his pocket, and says, ‘Ma’am, not only am I going to forgive the foul language that you used and your disrespectful attitude, but I’m going to give you this key to a brand new Ferrari, and I’m going to pay for the gas and insurance for as long as you own the car.’  This is called grace.”

Grace is an overabundance of underserved blessing, and maybe the way we understand grace is to couple that with how much we need something else like water.

But there is a cost for God’s grace to cover our sinful lives, and that is belief in Jesus as our Savior.

How strong is your belief?  Is it as strong as your need for water? 

Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night.  She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping authors write medically accurate fiction. Her first two medical thrillers, Proof and Poison, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal and have been endorsed by the likes of Dr. Richard Mabry, Lynette Eason, and Julie Cantrell to name a few.  Proof was shortlisted for the 2012 ForeWord Review’s BOTY Award, 2013 INSPY Award, and the 2013 Carol Award.  Poison has shortlisted for the 2014 INSPY Award and the 2014 Selah Award.  In addition to her novels, she blogs regularly at Redwood’s Medical Edge and the WordServe Water Cooler, which has been named one of "Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers" two years in a row. 

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