Water

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I’ve been scrolling through the thousands of photos I’ve taken since we began our RV journey 19 months ago, deleting some, editing others, and I’ve been surprised by the number of water pictures in my files.  Waterfalls, streams, ponds, geysers, oceans, rivers, lakes,…..what is it that I find so captivating about water?

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Old Faithful spouting off at Yellowstone National Park

In addition to its life-giving physical benefits, water enriches and blesses our souls and spirits.  When planning a vacation, why do people long to go to the beach, or pitch their tent next to a babbling brook, or spend all day in a boat casting a line? Being next to the water, whether it be a crashing ocean surf or a lake as smooth as glass draws us close to the Creator and gives God an opportunity to reveal Himself as He ministers to our souls.

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The majestic Pacific Ocean

To experience the power and majesty of God, one only needs to stand at the shoreline while the waves roll and crash.

 “You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.”  Psalm 89:9

Contrast that with an afternoon spent next to a meandering brook, watching the water leisurely flow downstream and listening to the gentle rhythm of its song.  What else could fill a soul with such peace and serenity?

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Little Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek State Park, Ohio

“He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul.”  Psalm 23:2-3

Is there a more refreshing treat than to plunge into a cool, clear stream on a hot summer day?

“As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.”  Psalm 42:1

And what beautiful scenes we behold when we gaze upon the different ways God has captured and displayed the wonders of water!

Whether it is a calm, yet dazzling lake,…

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Crater Lake

A majestic waterfall,….

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One of many waterfalls along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Or water under pressure.

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The Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park

Water, just two simple elements, hydrogen and oxygen, but when combined, it gives us unparalleled beauty, refreshment, and pleasure.

“The sea is His, and he made it:  O, come, let us worship and bow down;  let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”  Psalm 95:5,6

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The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park

 

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