The water bubbles up continuously, constantly filling and refreshing the pool and then flows out through a hand-crafted, wooden trough, dropping onto a water wheel. The wheel powers the steady turn of an antique flour mill at the Heritage Homestead in Waco, Texas.
On a recent visit, I was struck by this nearly silent, steady source of power and reminded of Jesus’ words:
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. (Jn 7:37b–39a).
When a person recognizes the Identity of Jesus, the Son of God, and responds in surrender and complete trust, an amazing transformation occurs as His Holy Spirit is given to live forever in his or her soul. That Spirit becomes a Spring of “living water” flowing up from within. He refreshes and cleanses, informs and guides us. He restores our living connection with Almighty God. But this Flow of living water also empowers us to do what we are intended to do. He does so in a silent, steady way. It may not seem like much at first – no screaming machinery or belching smoke – but we can learn to rely on this Source of power, day by day.