Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Journey [jur-nee], verb.

Def'n: to traverse; to travel over or through.

Water is a great metaphor for our journey. Picture the different impressions of water that come to mind when you think of the gentle lapping of waves on the shore, over against the fearful deluge of rain during flood season on the Canadian Prairies, and yet again with the breath-taking majesty of Niagara Falls.

One of the most dependable, and predictably unpredictable, constants of "journey" is the element of change. And change is powerful, at times refreshing, but always charting it's own irrepressible path.

And water as a metaphor for the journey could be examined from so many different angles.

Water erosion is a problem, if you are trying to keep the trees on the banks of your property upright. But sometimes the water of the Spirit causes a very positive erosion, as rough edges in our lives are worn away, revealing the life of Christ within us.
Q: Have you ever heard the old Pentecostal joke about why we need to be continually re-filled with the Holy Spirit?

A: Because we leak!! (insert polite courtesy laugh here).
But what if we were designed to leak?

What if we need to be continually re-filled with the Holy Spirit because we're supposed to be leaking? Too often, we view our tendency to leak as a negative thing, as if we are in danger of somehow having less of the Spirit.

But what if our attempts to stay "full" actually serve to negate the Spirit's desired activity in our lives? Is it possibly revealing a selfish attempt at hoarding the Holy Spirit, which would make us spiritual narcissists? What if the only way to remain full and satisfied in the Spirit is to be choosing -- not to leak -- but to serve as spiritual irrigation to others?

I remember the late John Wimber's phrase, "the meat is in the street". The more we seek to give away what we have, the more we have. Or, to put it in the words of Jesus, "For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him." (Matthew 25:29)

So, who are you called to leak on?