One of my favorite sayings is when people refer to “grasping water” when the talk about the unimaginable, the passing, and perhaps the unattainable. Just to give you a few examples:
I had an awesome dream last night, but no mater how hard I try, I can’t remember it. It’s like trying to grasp water.
I can’t believe the pet fish that I won at the carnival died after two days. I barely even knew the poor chap. My time with him was like trying to grasp the water he swam in.
I was so close to being the first man in recorded history to bury my entire house with dirt using only a baby’s starter spoon. If only the city permit office clerk would have overlooked my apparently “illegal” digging grounds, I would have accomplished my feat. To get that Guinness World Record is like grasping water when you live by the laws of this land.
You get my point, right?
Well, it just so happens that grasping water also has a place in Christian theology too.
Think about it, how often do we see water mentioned in the Bible? The answer, according to the Revised Standard Version of the Bible at logos.com, is 689 times. (That is a close in proximity to fire which banked 626 mentions)
Here are just a few of water’s red carpet appearances in the book of Life:
And God made the firmament and separated the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so. ~Gen. 7:1
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water.” ~Mat. 14: 28
John answered them all, “I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. ~Luke 3:16
Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house, you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. ~Luke 7:44
Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. ~John 2:7
But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. ~John 19:34
So water is great. Grasping water, on the other hand, is difficult; Nay, it is an impossible science experiment. For when we attempt to dominate it by encapsulating it in our clutches, it has no choice but to travel its natural course through the grooves of our fingerprints and onto the floor. If we are lucky, drops of liquid remain on our skin while the rest dies and comes to life again through the water cycle.
Water, then, has the best physical resemblance to God. It lives in three forms, travels freely without without human consent, sustains life, cleans and even quenches my thirst when things get hot. What’s more is that grasping it (or in other words, understanding God) remains a task as difficult as the aforementioned physical science experiment that has a 100% rate of failure. That is unless…
we drink it.
The human body is more than 60 percent water. We are more like God than we think.