Over the weekend, I was walking a plush-green-golf course on a great-weather-day. Hole after hole, while my husband and his friend battled together on the course, my friend and I visited and took in the wonderful scenery. One of the holes was set beside a large pond that had a lovely fountain in the middle of it.
The Lord gave me this analogy years ago, but it was refreshing to see and speak of it again:
THE POND represents God’s vast and immeasurable love. Actually, God’s love is way more than a pond; it’s an ocean, and then some more oceans added to that one. I love how the apostle Paul prays for his church: that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love that surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:18-19). His love is indescribable and unending.
THE WATER PUMP represents you and me. We are placed (rooted and grounded) in the center of His love. We cannot operate on our own. As a matter of fact, we get filled with mud and slime quite often. Thankfully, we are not left alone. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
THE WATER FOUNTAIN represents Jesus. When Christ rushes in with His living water He cleans us up and brings us life, not just for the day at hand but forever! He says it best, but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life (John 4:14). Take a moment to look at the picture above. It’s so refreshing, so attractive, so freeing.
Now for a few questions: What is the condition of your “water pump”? Do you know that you are sitting in the middle of God’s vast incomprehensible, yet receivable love? Will you allow Jesus, your Savior, to beautifully push all the muck away and not only fill you with abundant life but also use you to be a beautiful out-flowing picture for many to behold? He longs to do this for you.
Just ask Him, “Vast love, Come in. Flow out. Vast love, Come in. Flow out…”