February 16, 2021
Saving Water
The voice of the Lord is over the waters,
the Lord, over vast waters.
Psalm 29:3

I have long lived near the ocean. Saltwater, crashing waves and changing tides have always brought renewal to my body and soul. Years ago, I trained to be a lifeguard. I understand recklessness and riptides versus respect for the sea’s power. Some of my most meaningful talks with God have been at the beach, where my heart is at home.

God has brought poignant lessons of salvation though water. In the opening lines of Genesis, the Spirit of God that brought creation into being moves over the waters. Later in Genesis 6–7 we have Noah’s ark saving God’s chosen family. And who can ever forget how the Lord saved Israel via their exodus through the sea? The psalmist today seemingly harkens back to all of it.

The most saving water experience we will likely ever encounter is our own baptism. The same “voice” of the Lord spoke then. And is speaking to us today. 

- Pat Gohn

Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10 • Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10 Mark 8:14-21
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