31st May 2020

Granny’s Lake

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
John 4:13-14 (NRSV)

Years ago, a young woman married into a family who owned farmland. The land was on a small mountain full of fruit trees and open fields. A perfect place to raise a family. But this land also had a secret. Previously they had sold the mineral rights and when bauxite, a valuable rock used to make aluminium, was discovered, the miners came calling. After they emptied the land a deep crater was left, an eyesore that couldn’t be hidden.

But then an underground stream slowly began to fill the empty crater with fresh water. The young woman raised her family while watching the crater transform into a beautiful lake. The family stocked the lake with fish and grew flowering trees on its banks.

Sometime later a local church needed a place to hold baptisms. So, the family dug out a small section to the lake to serve as a baptismal pool. To this day, countless people have been baptised in those waters. This unlikely reservoir of redemption, called ‘Granny’s Lake,’ was named after the young woman who told the story to her grandchildren.

As a metaphor, Granny’s Lake reflects a deeper truth for all of us. Jesus is the stream of living water that fills the deep pits dug out in our souls. It doesn’t matter how many buried secrets you may have or if those secrets have been exploited. Jesus gets to the bottom of our deepest craters to fill us and transform us from the inside out.

Jesus said something similar to another young woman whose personal life had emptied her of public value (see above). If you have grown weary and thirsty from trying to fill the empty craters in your own life, allow Jesus to give you that same living water that leaves you transformed and satisfied. Then dive in and let him work in your life as an overflow of refreshment for others.

Prayer
Holy Father, we are all broken before you. Thank you for your transforming power to heal us and make us your very children. The ugly has become the beautiful in your sight. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Presented by Jeff Broadnax
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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/ ), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Jeff Broadnax is a GCI Elder in Grace Communion International in the USA and serves as National Coordinator of GCI Generation Ministries.

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One Response to “31st May 2020”

  1. Phil Lewis on May 31st, 2020 8:54 am

    Thank you for that beautiful story!

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