From the Desert to the Moon

Negev desert, Israel


Sometimes when my mind is in such great aridity [dry as a desert] that it is impossible to draw forth one single thought to unite me to God, I very slowly recite an ‘Our Father’ [The Lord’s Prayer].

From The Little Way of Lent

by Fr. Gary Caster

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
    and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:10-12 (NRSVA)

Spring blooms in the Negev

The book of Isaiah uses the water cycle as a metaphor for God’s will, and followers of Jesus believe this was later embodied in Him:

All things came into being through him,

and without him not one thing came into being,

in him was life…’

John 1:3-4a (NRSVA)

‘Jesus… cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.”’

John 7:37-38 (NRSVA)

Scientists searching for planets capable of holding life search for signs of water. It is said that life cannot exist without water. In the same way as life is said to need water, and is brought into being with water, the bible tells us that God sends Jesus as living water, creating all things, running through all things. Intriguing.