Friday, October 14, 2011

The Overflow


The water rushes as small hands grasp the garden hose.  The land parched by months of drought soaks up the cool stream as it passes over the plants, grass, and trees.  In times like these patches of green mix with brown as the grass struggles to survive through the scorching hot days of a Texas summer where rain is often prayed for, but rarely seen.  
And Grande’s favorite part of helping his Abuelita comes at the end.  He aims the spray of water at the birdbath and watches as it splashes and overflows.  And I watch his excitement.  It’s a beautiful sight the overflow of that cool, clear water.
But it’s not just the abundance that makes it beautiful.  It’s the water.  It’s the beauty of the water itself.  It’s purity.  It’s goodness.
Imagine the same scene with sticky black tar coming out of the hose.  The picture loses it’s beauty.  
When it comes to overflow and abundance we all have it.  Whether we have an overflow of goodness or evil depends on what we have stored in our hearts.  
Is our overflow beautiful?
Is it of living water?
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Luke 6:45
Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.
John 7:38


  1. Visiting from Finding Joy's Friday Favorite Things. Beautiful reflection, photo and verses. Blessings!

  2. I like this idea of our overflow...and the question that you present. Good food for thought. God bless.

  3. What a great picture -- and reminder! It makes a big difference where we have our hose connected. I love the picture of how it must look, to God, as we become drenched in His water. And how it must grieve His heart, too, when He watches us become soaked in muck. But I am so thankful for how He washes us clean again -- with the most beautiful flow of Grace.

  4. Living Water...I want it flowing from me. Such a sweet picture to illustrate.


  5. It's so true. We can't live long without water. We can't really live without the living water.

    I've put water in our birdbath so many times and watched it overflow. I know the birds appreciate it when they get fresh clean water.


  6. So true. Not of me, but of Him. Your post is such a reminder to fill my day with the truth, the Living Water, and to not allow the things of this world stay.

    Blessed by your words.