I admit – I’d never heard the expression “drinking from the firehose” until the past 10 years.
But the instant I heard it, I knew what it meant.
I have fond memories of drinking from the garden hose as a child. I remember the secret forbidden thrill of tasting as the water switched from warm and plastic tasting to cool and clean.
I also have fond memories of the few times I managed to prank my older brother by turning the water volume up to full while he was drinking. The look on his face was… priceless. I have a few not-so-fond memories of him returning the favor. The water gets up your nose and it’s almost impossible to drink.
If you’ve ever drunk from a garden hose, you know there’s this magical water pressure where the water arcs gently out from the end of the hose by just a few inches. It’s perfect for drinking. Any lower, and you find yourself sucking on the metal hose bib. Any higher and you’re gasping for breath as the water streams out of your mouth, across your face, into your hair, and down your shirt.
(to the best of my knowledge, my kids have never drunk from the garden hose. somehow, it’s just never come up.)
So when I heard the phrase “drinking from the firehose” for the first time, I had this mental image of someone standing there trying to swallow a single sip of water as they were drowning. I saw them standing there, drenched from head to toe, unable to drink a single drop of the water that rushed by.
Yesterday I wrote about my summer of dry.
I wrote about a spiritual thirst, a longing for a stream in the desert.
Today I marvel that God never asks us to drink from the firehose. He doesn’t respond to a season of drought with a torrential river or a tidal wave. Time after time, He responds with a stream. He gives us just the right amount of water for it to run cool and clear (so we aren’t sucking on the end of the garden hose) but not so much that it gets up our nose and runs down the shirt.
But streams came up from the ground and watered the earth. Genesis 2:6
Your help came from the God
your father worshiped,
from God All-Powerful.
God will bless you with rain
and streams from the earth;
he will bless you
with many descendants. Genesis 49:25
You let me rest in fields
of green grass.
You lead me to streams
of peaceful water, Psalm 23:2
I will bless the thirsty land
by sending streams of water;
I will bless your descendants
by giving them my Spirit. Isaiah 44:3
As my summer of dry comes to a close, I’m thankful for the streams God has placed in my path. I am thankful for the living water He provides me.
Care to share your favorite verse on the theme of water and streams? I’m all ears.