What activity do you take to as a duck takes to water? Or, What floats your boat? I suggest to you that every being comes into the world with some special gift which he should discover and develop to fulfill his mission or reason for being. I’m reminded of that as I study this can. “Dehydrated water – Just add water.” Probably the person who made this can did it only for the delightful humor.
But I ask, “Does every new being enter the world as an empty can, filled with numerous possibilities if one just adds water?” I believe so. Let me argue my point.
After years of teaching primary grades, raising children, and carpooling their friends, I was contemplating the seeming nonsense or uselessness of their conversations, when it struck me how much they were like computers. They had downloaded an amazing amount of knowledge, from learning how to use a spoon, to tying shoe laces, to the proper time to say “thank you,” but there just wasn’t much “school learning” in their magnificent little brains. Case in point. One day I drove past a tall building, maybe six or seven stories high. One of my charming granddaughters said to the other, “There’s a bathroom way up there at the top.” I wonder how that bit of knowledge came to her! At that comment they both bounced with four-year-old girls’ laughter. They were much like this can of dehydrated water—just add water. Ensuing years have shown that they have added water. They have discovered or are discovering what they take to as a duck takes to water. In their twenties, one flies by exercising and inspiring others, or painting her daughters’ finger and toe nails; the other delights in family and also likes to learn about to other cultures and languages. …………….. They will discover other gifts, other interests as time continues on.
My friend who is a single mother of three gave me this list of things that make her boat float: healthy kids, budget met, relax time, and the Jesus who makes those things possible. I’m over eighty, I have been through most all the stages of my life. Now the air beneath my wings is still my husband, my Lord, my children—but so many things have also been added. Decorating home, reading books, studying scriptures, writing blogs, making speeches, lunch with friends, encouraging the sick, browsing the internet. What a life!
Near the beginning of this speech, I asked the question, “Does every new being enter this world as an empty can filled with numerous possibilities?” My answer is “Yes.” My recommendation is to add Jesus, the “Living Water” as soon as possible. Starting there waters the fertile soil that brings forth endless seeds of talents, interests, and abilities that might dry up and never be recognized in a life of chasing rainbows which are as allusive as a mirage in a hot desert. Even chasing rainbows will fill your can but you might not get any water! So be sure to fill you can with water floats your boat.