Playing With Water

12th July, 2013 - Posted by Gracia - No Comments

I remember our days in Algeria in the eighties with fondness. However, it was by no means easy living in terms of amenities. It was a socialist country and variety of food was scarce, lines at the government-run markets were often long, and our furnishings were basic. The most difficult aspect was water rationing – sometimes the supply was erratic, sometimes more or less scheduled by the powers that be.

I remember giving my son, Paul, a small basin of water and some toys to play with on the balcony to celebrate his 1st birthday. He enjoyed himself, pouring water from one container to another, squatting there, engrossed in playing. It was a special treat to play with water outside of bath time.

Once we came home from visiting some friends to find the living room and hall flooded. When the central water supply is cut off it’s easy to forget whether your own faucets are in the opened or closed position. We had left home with one faucet left open.

One time we had friends visit unannounced from another town, and had no clean cups to serve tea with!

We would accumulate dirty dishes and clothes before washing them and did not feel guilty about the messiness. There were blue, red, and black containers for water storage in the bathroom, toilet, and kitchen. Overseas guests would bring boxes of diapers for us when the children were young. We would stay home during the hours we knew the water would be turned back on. We adapted our way of life around its availability. We learned to work around water.

I started remembering our Algerian experiences with water when I thought of God “playing” with water.

He turned water into blood (Exodus 7:14-25)
He piled water into walls (Exodus 14:21-31)
He brought water out of a rock (Exodus 17:1-7)
He turned water into wine (John 2:1-11)
He turned water into a walkable surface (Matthew 14:24-33, John 6:16-21)

We have an incredible God. Don’t be surprised by what He can do. John 4:15, 7:37-38

Posted on: July 12, 2013

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