There’s an old Chinese Proverb that says, “When you drink from the stream, remember the spring.”
We live in a country abounding in resources and freedoms. And yet, we also experience political divisiveness, violence, economic fluctuations, and natural disasters such as the catastrophic wave of wildfires that began in September and have since burned more than eight million acres across twelve states in the northwest.
What causes us to rise above the chaos and celebrate the blessings is to “remember the spring” from which we drink. We are a nation divided politically but united under one Constitution. We see the erosion of Judeo-Christian values, which can also bring a wake-up call to the Church to live out our faith in Christ-like ways. We drink from the stream of freedom, and thus we need to remember the spring of love, sacrifice, and honor that granted us freedom at the founding of our nation.
Likewise, as we approach this season of Advent, let us remember the spring of Christ’s love, sacrifice, and honor that granted us freedom from sin. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1, NIV).
“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14, NIV).
If you drink the water of life, remember the spring of His love that never runs dry. As has been said many times, “Freedom is never free.” Our national freedom came at the cost of many lives. Our spiritual freedom came at the cost of the life of One.
“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” (Colossians 2:13-15, ESV).
Let’s choose gratitude over grumbling. Be grateful for the freedom we have as a nation. Be grateful for the freedom we have in Christ. And if we drink from the stream of freedom, let’s remember the spring from which that freedom flows.