Are you a Reservoir or a River

Now that we are entering a heat wave this week which is 3 consecutive days of 90 degrees or more. It will be sweltering hot and humid in Boston- Cape region. All we want to do is think about water and a cool place with cold air conditioning and ice cold drinks.

The excessive heat gets exhausting and can wear us down to a place of weakness and lethargy. The sun is very hot and there seems like no place for refuge. The high relative humidity causes us to gasp for air that is intolerable even for the youth.

Growing up in Maplewood square we had to go a distance to find a swimming hole besides Revere Beach. There were not many home swimming pools like there is today. Even a garden hose was refreshing. Although we did sneak in for a few minutes on occasion 😉

We couldn’t swim in places like Swains or Towners pond in Melrose on the Malden line. We found spots if we wanted to walk or take our bikes to Horn Pond or Wrights pond by Medford on the Malden line.

Swains Pond a reservoir was loaded with bacteria and who knows what other diseases and rusted abandoned cars. Wrights was a pond and very clean. Maybe even the drinking water for the cities area.

I now live near the North River in Pembroke on the South Shore. The river is a thriving moving body of water. It flows for several miles 10 or more into the mouth of the Atlantic ocean by Norwell, Scituate, and Marshfield. Many people Kayak on this river, but not me, because it’s too risky. They used to build ships and send them out to sea back over 300 years ago.

The main difference between a River and a Reservoir is that one (the River) promotes life, while the other (the Reservoir) has no life it. Rivers are active bodies of water that flow. Their banks provide fertile land for crops and other natural occurring plants and foliage. … Nothing ever flows into or out of a reservoir. Or let’s say rarely does this happen.

One thing I have discovered was that my life was in a spiritual drought like a dead reservoir with God up until I was 18 years of age. I didn’t realize how much I needed Jesus Christ in my life until Jesus was all I really had!

I soon discovered that my life was no longer in a drought and that true life and freedom became a river of living water. The Spirit of God flows like a river in our lives as Jesus says in John.

“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified”.
John 7:37‭-‬39 NIV

I was no longer dying in a germ, sin filled reservoir, but discovered that God’s river of love flowed freely deep within my heart and soul. There is true unconditional love, joy, peace that flows like a river when we finally jump into the river which is found at the cross.

Jesus said, There is a river that flows from deep within” He gives a river of eternal life that is not stagnant because of his resurrection power. ” I have come that you may have life, and have it exceedingly abundantly”.

We have nothing to fear in this world when we jump into this river of life. Just like the woman at the well.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 4:13‭-‬14 NIV

The excitemenof jumping into the river is just like diving off the rocks into a fresh pond that is cool and refreshing. Allow the Lord to refresh your heart and life today.

Enjoy your day and and stay cool my friend.

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Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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