Although I don’t have many chances to hike in the mountains, the times I have gone hiking have been wonderful adventures: exquisite fresh air, climbing higher and higher, feeling the earth with each step, mountain flowers and water, animals of all kinds, feeling close to the divine spirit, the vastness of the view–the absolute beauty of the earth. It is all there with a great hike in the mountains. I find the water in the mountains to be most enjoyable–streams, rushing water–clear, clean and cold. A cold drink, splash on the face, even feet in the water to cool off invites refreshment. There is nothing as refreshing as a mountain stream or water falls. It gives life and refreshes. Isn’t it refreshment in life that we seek?
In the Gospel of John (6:51-58) Jesus says over and over, I am the bread of life. I am living bread. I am your refreshment. I am your wellspring. I am your abundance. When Jesus says, ” I am the bread of life” Jesus emphasizes God’s life within which gives life and refreshes. Jesus points to community which refreshes. Jesus refers to the qualities of God that Jesus learned to enfold into his own life that give life and refreshment: peace, patience, compassion, gentleness,wisdom, forgiveness, understanding, love, goodness. Take and do, Jesus says. Take and be, Jesus said. Take and drink deeply of these gifts that I give to you–for you too can can have life and be refreshed. The wellspring of life is waiting for you.
How many times do we focus on what we do not have–our starvation–rather on what we have available to us if we do not miss them: peace, patience, compassion, understanding, love, community, forgiveness, goodness, friendship. These are aspects of life that we feed upon, that nourish, strengthen and refresh when we drink deeply and embrace the wellspring of our lives.
Embrace the wellspring!
Blessings and peace.