Water into Wine
A "cool glass of water" is always refreshing to a thirsty person. Without question, this is one of life's simple pleasures. A balanced diet for body, mind and soul is a basic developmental activity and instinct that is quickly learnt by good parenting. Thus, personal quests to balance these basic needs or excesses according to ideological choices, motivations or a casual indulgence with enhancements or stimulants are widely practiced today. Sadly, the boomerang effect of extreme addictions is known to cause too many adverse effects on a person and thus, would stretch the temperament of family and friends.
Modern society has learnt the good reason of organics, exercise and relaxation. To talk about these things is simply talking about the obvious of late. Everyone is aware of the benefits of a good and balanced diet on all areas of a persons' life, which contributes to our emotional stability and towards a more positive outlook. And when these basics slip away, the social services programs work towards a balanced life cycle and offers good programs to assist the way worried person. And yet, there seems to be a driving force that prevents or stalls these programs from being totally effective. Thus the safety blanket becomes a repetitive pattern that fosters a dependency on these good will programs.
The title of this article is "water into wine." The reference is thinking about the many outreach programs that are currently working to help people. This includes the social gospel ministries that would also send workers onto the streets. The hope is to bring a "cool glass of water" etc. The social programs would provide clothing, safe lodging, a daily meal and counselling to redirect lives whenever possible. The focus is directed mostly towards body and mind: adding stability into the daily lives of the recipient. This article is thankful for the dedication of each and every outreach worker and likewise, the courage and perseverance of a person to accept help through difficult times.
The last item is the well-being of the soul. Surely, "a cool glass of water" is refreshing and soothing. The consciousness-raising and counselling programs are bristling with sociological stimulus and treatments extraordinaire. The upbeat atmosphere is electric at times and an assistive help to encourage one-another through the daily ordeals. The people are emotionally charged and therefore, more apt to handle life's twists and turns. And at the end of the day, a little wine is "as the doctor ordered." This orderly system of activities and social programs must be repeated on a regular basis because of the one missing element. The true wine of the Spirit is eternal and more refreshing than soothing water.
The church service in most denominations have adopted the safer and respectable identity by giving the people a "cool glass of water" to satisfy the soul. This limiting spirit has permeated the worship service and created a music hall type of fellowship. To be moved spontaneously by the Holy Spirit in unorthodox manners and expressions so-to-speak are considered too disorderly. Therefore, the wine that permeates the soul is limited to smaller groups. Only to wonder why the "gifts of the Spirit" are missing and the "joy of the Lord" is muted. Rest assured, people need a balanced "sure-fire" diet, which includes the cheerful assertion of body, mind and soul. "Happy are the people who know the joyful shout; Yahweh, they walk in the light of Your presence. They rejoice in Your name all day long, and they are exalted by Your righteousness."