Today I Drank From a Public Pool

And, the kiddie one, at that!

Reminded me of the time when I was a freshman in college and I was the caboose in the skit where everyone goes in to the bathroom individually, brushing their teeth and rinsing in the same cup, then I get to come running in completely dehydrated and drink it all down.  Did wonders for my reputation - I didn't care, I was a freshman.  And, neither did I care when I was reprimanded by my seven-year-old for drinking the pool water.
I bet you would have done it, too.
We took our latest little toddler, who had never seen a pool (per her hysteric response), to go have some good, clean, summer fun.  She was scared to death - clinging to me - didn't even want to put a toe in the stuff for over an hour.  Until she saw a ball.  It took her about ten minutes, but she got into an inch deep of the pool!  She touched it. She put it in her mouth.  Her eyes smiled (she would deny it, but it was there).  Then, for the next thirty minutes, she continued to put her hands in the water and put them in her mouth - she couldn't get enough.  She put them in my mouth, too - what was I gonna do?  Say no?  No way!  I drank, I copied - she thought it was hilarious.  She then proceeded to "wash" herself.  Everywhere - inside her suit, arms, hair, face - my hair, arms, face.  Normally, I can't stand it when my kids touch my face, but at this point, I loved every minute.  She was discovering something new - something that she was so scared of, she realized was actually a blast!  And getting to play a little part in that discovery was amazing.  My face was smile-cramped.

Verses that were running through my head (yep, that's how I think):

"What goes into a man's mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean."  Mt. 15:11
Re:  Imbibing kiddie pool water.

"Then, Lord, Simon Peter replied, not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!"  John 13:9
Re:  The overwhelming washing in discovery of water.

"To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.  I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some."  1 Cor 9:22
Re:  Becoming undignified for the sake of others' joy!

But here's what I found when I got home that was way better:

"Never again will they hunger; 

never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat upon them,
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
He will lead them to springs of living water.  
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
Revelation 7:16-17

That's what I witnessed.  This little girl has been homeless for just about her entire twenty two months of life.  I'm sure there's been a few tears.  As she displayed the overwhelming joy in experiencing kiddie pool water for the first time, that was just a glimpse, a sliver, of what our experience with the living water will be.

The footnotes in my Life Application Study Bible say it perfectly:
"Salvation cannot be earned, but God gives it freely.  We live in a world desperately thirsty for living water and many are dying of thirst.  But it's still not too late.  Let us invite everyone to come and drink!"
God so wants us to get rid of our fears and come and drink - freely, richly, abundantly!  
And, one day, maybe, just maybe, we will be reunited to drink living water and remember the time when we drank from the kiddie pool.


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