Water always fills the lowest places first. The lower, the emptier a man lies before God, the speedier and the fuller the inflow of the divine glory will be.
Andrew Murray, Humility
(Quoted at Laura Martin’s Enough Light)
Water Flows Downhill?
If water flows downhill, how would Andrew Murray explain this?
Wait a sec … why is the pump at that odd angle … and her hips too? Could this possibly be a piece of old fashioned trick photography? This article explains the water trick and more. You start with a building that is angled on the ground, but the angle is hidden from people by clever landscaping, pathways and décor. People inside the building think everything is on the level, but the outside view would be very different:
“From our vantage point [viewing from outside the building] we see the water flowing normally down a slight incline and spilling naturally from the spout. Inside the room, things are getting stranger and stranger. To visitors it looks as if gravity is leaking out of the room. They watch in amazement as water flows uphill and pours out of the spout at an eerie, unnatural angle.”
So that woman in the first picture is actually in an angled building. If we saw it from a bit farther back we’d clearly see water doing what water does, flowing downhill.
Don’t Stick Up Out Of The Water
The people of Babel wanted to stick out and be noticed. They wanted to stick out so much that they were willing to put everything they had into building a tower tall enough to be seen by everyone on earth. They wanted to rival God. They failed, of course, because God knew their hearts and put a stop to it. (Genesis 11:1-9.)
It’s like Andrew Murray said above. The way to experience God’s divine glory is not by trying to get so high up that you reach the heavens. It’s by being immersed in the living water Jesus offers, water that fills you to overflowing and never stops.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 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 4:13-14.)
Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. (John 7:37-39.)
Are you trying to stand knee-deep in the living water? It’s not possible, really. Jesus says that his people are inundated with that water. Still, some people live as if they are trying to stand up tall out of the water, like the Tower of Babel standing up from the banks of the Euphrates.
But God’s glory is not found in standing tall. It’s found in Christ.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10.)
Let God lift you, let him fill you up. That’s the way to stand tall.