Let me tell you about the five koi that live at the bottom of this pond.
There is one whose name is Big Red. Then there is Fish Bone, Piano, Pirate and Flame. We have a mutually beneficial relationship. I provide food and shelter for them. They provide peaceful movements and a Sabbath rest for me.
I take good care of them. They are a part of God’s creation he is trusting me with. I take this assignment with serious joy.
I stopped feeding these fish when the temperature dropped below 50 degrees F. They are now snuggled together at the bottom of the pond in a hibernation state.
I had a submersible pump installed to keep a circle of water bubbling and a backup heating ring for severe temperature drops. This is important because carbon dioxide needs to get out of the pond and oxygen needs to get in.
A couple of weeks ago I noticed mechanical failure. The pump was slowing down and the heater wasn’t working at all. The surface of my essential circle began to freeze over. My efforts to break the ice were defeated by the relentless power of the cold temperatures turning the water to ice.
Fearing the worst, I called the man who originally created this pond. To my delight, he told me he would come, bring everything that was needed and do whatever needed to be done. Wondering if this was too good to be true, I asked, “Do you promise?”
He said, “Roselyn, I promise.”
Sometimes I wonder if my spiritual story is like this fishpond.
Jesus said, “The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Some days I wonder if the harshness of life will block this spring and leave my life with a frozen barrier.
Then I remember the Holy Spirit saying He would come, bring everything that is needed and do whatever needs to be done.
Wondering if this is too good to be true, I ask, “Do you promise?”
He says, “Roselyn, I promise.”