As I was reflecting on last night’s Ash Wednesday services, I thought of how dust, on its own, is of little value. By its very nature, dust is void of water, the thing it needs to become solid building material. Without water, dust can simply be tossed in the wind.
I have been studying the book of John since childhood and I’ve read John 4:10 over and over again. I’ve danced this verse, I’ve sung this verse, I’ve meditated upon this verse, and I’ve cried about this verse. This morning, I found new meaning in this verse as I thought of being dust. Jesus said to the woman the well, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
God reminded me that when you add water to dust, it becomes stronger and is better able to withstand the wear and tear of life. But, when you mix dust with Living Water, it becomes something more. It becomes a work of art, made in the image and likeness of God.
Yes, we are dust and during Lent, we must remember how this dust fails/will fail God time and time again. Yet, because of God’s love, grace and mercy through Christ Jesus, we become more than dust, more than sinners. When, and only when, we allow the Living Water to permeate us, we become sinners saved by grace; we also become stronger and better able to withstand all that life throws at us.
Today, as you reflect, remember that although you are simply dust, with Living Water permeating your being, you are made in the image and likeness of God, which makes you more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus.