This was my morning read:
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.”-Psalm 24:1-2
A good read for any day of the year? For sure.
An appropriate and perfectly timed read for a day like today? Totally. Because today is world water day and this is what He does – He brings ideas, concepts, people, scripture, stories, blog posts etc. into our lives, then knits them together as themes and messages in our hearts so they form connection, meaning and change.
So here goes. Here’s what ran through my mind this morning. Here’s what He taught me.
“One drop of water may seem like nothing. But millions of drops added together create remarkable change.”
In terms of water, this is so true.
Millions of little drops fill a cup for you and I to drink.
Millions of little drops create opportunity for you and I to shower.
Millions of little drops form a whole ocean.
Sure, one drop on it’s own may have minimal impact, but it’s the drops that connect together that create powerful rippling effect.
So here’s a thought: does water not also represent what we as the body of Christ should also look like?
One small drop (you, me) has absolutely no impact on our own. But together, in our unity and connectedness (and in His strength), we have the ability to form a whole ocean and create remarkable change.
Millions of our prayers…
Millions of our voices raised…
Millions of our dollars…
Millions of our text messages…
Millions of our tweets…
Millions of our Facebook shares…
Millions of our hands joined together…
These all lend powerful movement and rippling impact towards change.
So today, on World Water Day, let’s be aware, grateful and appreciative of how privileged we really are. Let’s not squander the earth, but rather be good stewards of it, for He made everything in it and everything belongs to Him. And let’s do all we can to create equal opportunity for all of God’s people to have access to the beautiful gift that water is, all the while remembering…
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” –Mother Teresa
Water Facts: Did You Know?
- 663 million people still lack improved drinking water sources.
- Currently, most cities in developing countries do not have adequate infrastructure and resources to address wastewater management in an efficient and sustainable way.
- Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.
- 8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.
- Unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene cause around 842,000 deaths each year.
Water Tips: What You Can Do
- Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth or doing dishes or scrubbing vegetables. Otherwise you’re just making wastewater without even using it!
- Put rubbish, oils, chemicals, and food in the bin, not down the drain. The dirtier your wastewater, the more energy and money it costs to treat it.
- Collect used water from your kitchen sink or bathtub and use it on plants and gardens, and to wash your bike or car.