Cherry Trees in the Spring and Living Waters . . .
“I will bring you flowers from the mountains, bluebells, dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses. I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.” ― Pablo Neruda
Springs of water are important to us today as much as they were to the people living in Israel 2500 years ago. Both God and the Gospel will compare springs of living water to be life giving refreshing qualities. I am drawn that direction when I think of Winter thawing out and the season of Spring arriving and all the blooming of the world with the gentle sun and the flowing springs of water from the winter freeze.
What does water symbolize for you? My first Biblical thought was of Baptism. The symbolism of living water and being baptised is of beauty to me as an artist and a believer. Then I looked further.
Jeremiah wrote that the Lord Jesus Christ is 'the Fountain of Living Waters.' Zechariah foretold that in chapter 13:1 "In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness." Taking that a step further to the crucifixion, When "One of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out." Jn. 19:34 We have the combination of blood and water... our living water that is the Blood of Jesus Christ and it washes away our sins.
Another is written by the prophet Ezekiel describing a river that heals and makes alive. "And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a great multitude of fish because these waters go there; for they will be healed and everything will live wherever the river goes." Ezek 47:9 The fish symbolize people that are saved. Remember that Jesus said,"Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." Mt 4:19
Even thinking back to Noah and the flood waters. The water took out all the evil people. God used the mighty waters to save His people and destroy his enemies. He did it again with the Red Sea. Psalm 77:19 "Your Way was in the sea, your path in the great waters, and your footsteps were not known."
As we head into this spring season, look around you for symbols to remind you of the Living Springs of Water.