Okay, there are just some things that I read in the bible that just make me laugh. One such instance was this morning. Here I was trying to read my bible reading for the day and prepare my heart for worship and this is what I read:
“This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and buy yourself a linen undergarment and put it on, but do not put it in water.” So I bought underwear as the Lord instructed me and put it on. Then the word of the Lord came to me a second time: “Take the underwear that you bought and are wearing, and go at once to the Euphrates and hide it in a rocky crevice.” So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me. A long time later the Lord said to me, “Go at once to the Euphrates and get the underwear that I commanded you to hide there.” So I went to the Euphrates and dug up the underwear and got it from the place where I had hidden it, but it was ruined—of no use at all. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “This is what the Lord says: Just like this I will ruin the great pride of both Judah and Jerusalem. These evil people, who refuse to listen to Me, who follow the stubbornness of their own hearts, and who have followed other gods to serve and worship—they will be like this underwear, of no use at all. Just as underwear clings to one’s waist, so I fastened the whole house of Israel and of Judah to Me”—this is the Lord ’s declaration—“so that they might be My people for My fame, praise, and glory, but they would not obey.” Jeremiah 13:1-11
Here I was giggling and the children were now wondering what I was laughing about. Everyone was in the living room as I reread the verses aloud. Of course, at the first mention of underwear I had everyone’s attention. When I was through everyone had to have there say about the passage. Dad then says he missed it since he was trying to get his last thoughts together before heading out the door and could I read it again. Our youngest bursts out, “let me tell you the jest of it dad,” and proceeded to give dad the low down on God and underwear.
Throughout the day my mind has been taken back to this passage not because it has anything to do with a spring (except for the fact that the underwear was hidden by the river), but because God truly does have a desire to have His people be close to Him and know Him in an intimate way just as He knows each of us. Being in the Spring of Life enables us to experience that closeness and oneness with Christ. But when we choose to leave the spring, which gives us life, we discover that we are useless. In order to truly experience everything that the Spring has for us to experience this week, we must remain close to Him (as close as our under garments are to our bodies).