Land with water is better than dry land, and two streams are better than one.
This thought rolled in my head as I strolled along a clear mountain stream in the mountains of north Georgia. My wife and I were hiking along Wildcat Creek at its junction with Amicalola Creek. These two creeks come together only a mile or two below beautiful Amicalola Falls, a 729 ft. high cascading waterfall coming off the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Cherokee named it Amicalola, or “tumbling waters”, and it is the largest waterfall of its kind east of the Mississippi River.
Where the two fast flowing creeks come together, one powerful river is formed. At the junction, the water of the two separate sources becomes indistinguishable. They flow as one, and together accomplish what neither could accomplish alone. The increased velocity and volume at the junction causes ripples and churning as it passes over the rocks. This injects new oxygen into the water. There is fresh life and energy at the junction, at a higher level than was present before they joined. Hickory nuts and berry vines grow along the banks. I wondered what it would have been like for the Cherokee Indians and early settlers to hunt, fish, and live in such a place. Many today only dream of living in such a beautiful place.
Caleb’s daughter Acsah knew what she was doing when she urged her husband Othniel to ask Caleb (his father-in-law) for land with springs of water. In Judges 1: 12-15, Caleb had promised the hand of his daughter in marriage to the man who attacked and captured Debir. His nephew Othniel took the city, and in turn married Acsah. Othniel would later become not only the first judge, but one of the more prominent judges of Israel. From the captured lands, Acsah wanted the land with springs of water. She did not wait for her husband to ask; but neither did Caleb wait for his daughter to ask. He knew she needed something, so (v. 14) when she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?” She replied (v.15), “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water. Then Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.” The Negev region is notably dry, but it is said today that these springs still water the farmland around Hebron.
This passage points to some interesting spiritual questions. If one is living in dry land where life is difficult and unproductive, should he ask for water? Is it possible to live in a land where there are two springs of water? Is our heavenly father so eager to provide such a place that He will act before we ask, or act immediately when we ask? What is the impact when the two streams run together? This land where the two streams run together might illustrate something other than real estate. Consider the following streams:
1. Natural /supernatural streams– Genesis 1:27 says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female, he created them.” Because we are created in His image, we are supernatural beings, just as He is a supernatural being. Our spirit, the true essence of who we are, will live forever. We are born with an instinct for the supernatural, and if that instinct is not satisfied in a relationship with God, the One who created us, it can be perverted into seeking the supernatural through contact with the dark side in things such as witchcraft, devil worship, sorcery, and new age practices, to name a few. It is true we are born into a natural world in a natural body, and are given the five senses to help us navigate through life as we know it. However, we need to exercise and grow our sixth sense of the supernatural, so that walking and talking with God, and experiencing His miracles, wisdom and His divine presence becomes commonplace. Jeremiah 29: 13 reminds “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” We hear His voice as we walk out His plan for our lives. We realize He is the supernatural source of wisdom and favor in all we do. As we begin to experience this on a daily basis, we are living in that land where the natural and the supernatural streams are flowing together as one, mighty and powerful.
2. Visible/invisible streams—As we start to move in the supernatural realm, we realize we are also moving in the realm of the invisible. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:18-“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Just because the supernatural is largely unseen does not mean it does not exist. If a person has lived in south Florida their entire life, and has never seen snow, they might develop a false belief it does not exist. To the extent the unseen is eternal, just as is our spirit man, it is more real than the natural world around us. We must grow that sixth sense of the supernatural, or else we will spend our lives in a world of the five natural senses, all the while believing that must be all there is available to us. When we spend our day speaking and counseling with an invisible God, we are living in a land where the visible and the invisible streams flow together, full of new life and perspective.
3. Kingly/priestly streams—God created the role of the priest from the tribe of Levi. The role of the priest was first to minister to God, then to minister to the people. They were given a share of the offerings on which to live. The role of the king was to rule over the people, judge their causes, and control the land and financial resources in the kingdom. The priest was never given control over the people or the resources. The priest or the prophet was to be God’s voice to the king, as directed by Him. These two streams are flowing together when matters that concern the priest also concern the king, and vice versa. The spiritual influence available to the priest is used to assist the king, and the king and his resources are available to assist the priest. The widow, orphan, hungry and homeless are not just the concern of the priest or the king, they are the concern of both. The moral direction of the people is the concern of both, and that direction points to God. Separation of church and state is not important; rather, there is cooperation of church and state. When these two streams join instead of conflict, there is a fresh energy from the Holy Spirit. They can accomplish together what neither could accomplish alone.
4. Earthly/heavenly streams—When Jesus was asked how to pray, part of His answer in Matthew 6:10 was to pray “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The goal of this prayer is to see God’s kingdom in heaven manifest in the earth as it did at creation in the Garden of Eden. God is worshipped and obeyed in Heaven. His provision for our eternal life is beyond our imagination, although there are numerous accounts of the grandeur of Heaven from those who have had an experience there. There is no sickness, worry or poverty in Heaven. When these two streams join and flow as one, there is no distinguishing heaven from earth. The effect of sin is driven out of the earth, and God’s perfect will is done on the earth just as it is in Heaven.
I realize this is a lofty vision of life, but there are more examples of streams than I have discussed here. Without having lived in the Garden before sin, it is impossible to know what God’s original creation and intention was like before it was corrupted and polluted by sin. I think we have to assume it was Heaven on earth. We are told to pray that God’s perfect will would (again) be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We have a choice to continue to live in a dry land, or ask for water. If we are going to ask for water, why not ask and believe for two streams of water, flowing together right where we live? Then we should listen with our supernatural sense for the sound of the supernatural, invisible, and heavenly waters.