As I stood in the Merced River in the heart of the Yosemite Valley, water flowing gently under my feet, I couldn’t help but notice the beauty of the river. The water moves with such grace, almost dancing. It has such splendid purpose. A river’s moving water shapes and molds everything that it comes in contact with. It pushes sand and gravel, carves through rocks, tumbles boulders, and drags fallen trees. It completely shapes the landscape. A river takes pebble after pebble and changes the shape and contour to smooth perfection. Actually, over a very long period of time, it can grind a rock down to a pebble and then the pebble down to the smallest grain of sand. The river shapes the stone until there is just nothing left of it and then it becomes like the water. I couldn’t help but notice that the Lord was showing me something. The water’s purpose is even larger. A body of water feeds and provides for everything around it. By all human definition, water is not alive, yet it has the ability to both provide it and take it away. The level and quality of water directly affects the health of its environment. Much like the Lord is our Living Water and we are His living stones. The more of Him that is in us, the healthier are our souls. He nourishes and sustains, refreshes, and makes new. He slowly and eloquently changes our hearts until there is more of Him and less of us. But, it’s not that simple. Just as in nature, we tend to get in the way of the river. We interfere with the natural flow of the Living Water by channeling it, removing landscape, building bridges, and even damming it up. But, eventually the water always finds a way to take control. It responds and adjusts and gracefully finds a new way to flow. In this river today, the Lord was reminding me that He is the Living Water. He is in control and it is in Him alone that I am filled. When we tap into Him, He is the One that restores. I find that some of the most refreshing moments in my life are those where I just lay back and let the Living Water freely shape and move me.