Perhaps somewhere out there some extraterrestrials are listening to Jimmy Carter’s greetings and Chuck Berry singing, “Johnny B. Good” on the recordings launched into space aboard Voyager in 1977. Voyager has left the solar system and is in interstellar space.

Or, maybe someday we will pick up alien radio messages like Jodie Foster in “Contact.” But, so far, the evidence indicates that life in the universe is precious. Quite possibly, we are it. Although I have to agree that it makes sense there should be life somewhere out there. Surely in God’s economy He would not create this vast expanse of universe and only create life on our small pebble.

Scientists are searching for water again. Not on Earth, but in far-flung places in our solar system and the universe. In their search for life on other planets they know that water is the key. Where there is water, there could be life. They have ruled out Mars. No water there. Perhaps once upon a time, but the water is gone, and with it, the prospects of life. But they have found water on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. Even though the average temperature, on a good day is 270 degrees below zero. They think there is an entire ocean of water beneath the surface. How the space probe Cassini can determine this, I have no idea.

Most of us think little about water. We are more focused on beverages that tease our taste and promise a lift. We take water for granted. But water is the essential element for life. Most scientists agree that humans can live up to eight weeks without food as long as they have water. But living without water is another story. Some people could live for a week without water. In some cases, only two or three days.

Jesus knew this when He spoke about water. He said, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

As important as water is to the existence of life and to our own physical well-being, there is another element even more important to the life of our soul. Millions who have access to food, shelter, water and wealth are dying every day for lack of the spiritual water of faith that can nourish their soul.

“Thus says the Lord who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you, … ‘For I will pour out water on]the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants; and they will spring up among the grass like poplars by streams of water.’

Bill Tinsley reflects on current events and life experience from a faith perspective. Visit Email

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