in my 7th grade guys small group last night, we were talking about how “god is like water” (from the wild truth bible lessons: pictures of god, based on jesus’ declaration to the woman at the well, that he is living water). after talking about the passage for a bit, we had a bit of a free-for-all where the guys speculated why god would use that word picture for himself.
one guy blew me away with this comment, which is not only wonderful and insightful, but also shows one of those once-in-a-while flashes of abstract thinking that middle schoolers are classic for:
i think water is like grace. i mean, you can’t hurt water. you can boil it — which would hurt most stuff — but it just turns water into a different form. it’s still there. it’s like, water is adaptable. it never goes away, and adapts to the situation in order to stay there.
wow. soak in that water for a few minutes.
of course, a few minutes later, when we were praying and two of the guys were giggling, the same kid interrupted to say, “shut yer pie hole!”