I love camping, backpacking, and climbing mountains. There is something super-natural about it. Nothing is more powerful in my life than the metaphors found in the mountains. These metaphors and anecdotes provide more practical and spiritual lessons than anything else.
One of those lessons comes from the simple idea of finding water to drink. I carry a Katadyne water filter and pump with me on trips. I couldn’t tell you how many gallons of water I have pushed through that unit.
When I am out somewhere, the issue of where water is available looms large. One must plan hikes, climbs, and camping based on where water can be found.
When finding water to pump for drinking, I always look for a stream or creek with fast moving water. It is not a safe and prudent idea to pump from water which is stagnant and not moving. I know my filter is loaded with charcoal and other things that block out mud and 99.99% germs, living organisms, giardia, etc. and would certainly live to tell about it, but fast moving clean water just tastes better.
So here is the lesson I learned. If at anytime in my life, I stop moving and become still, I can become stagnant and possibly contain dirty stuff that can be hazardous to others. The key is to stay moving, keep moving downhill, don’t stop, even for a short period of time. Then the yucky stuff can’t settle and grow.
The other lesson for me is to keep hanging around with people who are also moving. They stay fresh and clean. They don’t allow the junk to settle in and take over.
The obvious scripture to go with this is Proverbs 4:23 “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. ” (Message)
I already have a life verse. If I were to have a second one it would be “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. ” Matthew 5:8 (NIV) I want to see God, so the task at hand is, as much is possible, to maintain a clean heart.