John 10:38b That you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.
It is all about the electrons. The oxygen and hydrogen atoms in water share electrons, this is known as covalent bonding. Since the atoms share electrons this helps them reach a stable existence and it gives water some great properties. I labeled the picture with a positive and a negative end. Usually you think of these terms as “good and bad” but here it means more electrons (negative) or less electrons (positive).
These positive and negative ends help water be the “universal solvent” (everything eventually dissolves in water). They also give water its ability to line-up in long chains as I put in the diagram. These chains allow water to move around as it does. See Water #1 and #2.
∞Father, thank you for being in Jesus and allowing us to share your power through His finished work on the cross.
Psalm 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
As I have pondered the water molecule and how it could represent God I realized that I have a problem. Yes, I will try to show that He gave us a tiny picture of His greatness in a drop of water. The problem is how to adequately illustrate the Creator with part of His creation. No matter how good the model, it will never completely reveal the Triune God and His attributes. C.S. Lewis in “Horrid Red Things” (a chapter in Miracles) talks about the metaphorical nature of language being inadequate to describe God unless we make it “more polysyllabic and duller.” My hope with this devotional, as with all of my writing, is that Jesus will be revealed and that His glory will be seen through His handiwork.
The structure of this necessary molecule is one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms. If this ratio is changed you would have useful compounds but they would not be water. The atomic number (amount of protons) for oxygen is eight and hydrogen is one so the total is ten. These three atoms resemble the diagram with oxygen being the largest.
I have thought long and hard before writing this and I don’t want to challenge anyone’s concept of the Trinity but I feel this picture is acceptable because the Father will be the oxygen and Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the hydrogens. See Water #1 and #3.
∞Father, help us to see You and be able to share Your glory with the people we meet.
Genesis 1:2b The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.(NIV)
This simple statement right at the beginning of the Bible connects God with one of His most amazing creations – water. This chemical compound is very simple yet it does important things in most branches of science. Why, before we can get out of the first chapter of the Bible God separates it, gathers it, and puts living things in it.
Here are some examples of what happens with it:
- It is feared
- A lack of it changes history
- Comes out of a rock
- Makes borders
- Is used to baptize
- Sailed on
- Fished it
- Walked on
- Makes big storms and wrecks ships
We find God using it all the way through Scripture right to the very last chapter of the Bible. Revelation 22: 17 “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (NIV) Have you had that drink yet?
∞Father, thank You for water and Your free gift. Help me remember to offer someone a drink today.
Assignment: I did not list all of the uses/functions of water; in fact I left out some rather important ones. Find them and make a list.
See Water #2 and Water #3