Photo and Commentary ©2021 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, September 20, 2021

I was recently at the Rocky Reach Dam Park which is located on the Columbia River and is just north of Wenatchee. It’s a nice place to go with picnic areas, a playground, a fish ladder with viewing windows and a museum. When I was there the biggest runs were coho and steelhead in the fish ladder.

Water plays such a huge role in sustaining life here on earth. This photo shows the contrast with the park area that is well watered and the shrub-steppe ecosystem across the road.

I really like the story of Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman. He tells her how physical water is not enough.

In Samaria Jesus came to the town called Sychar, which is near the field Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus was tired from his long trip, so he sat down beside the well. It was about twelve o’clock noon. When a Samaritan woman came to the well to get some water, Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” (This happened while Jesus’ followers were in town buying some food.)

The woman said, “I am surprised that you ask me for a drink, since you are a Jewish man and I am a Samaritan woman.” (Jewish people are not friends with Samaritans.)

Jesus said, “If you only knew the free gift of God and who it is that is asking you for water, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

The woman said, “Sir, where will you get this living water? The well is very deep, and you have nothing to get water with. Are you greater than Jacob, our father, who gave us this well and drank from it himself along with his sons and flocks?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty. The water I give will become a spring of water gushing up inside that person, giving eternal life.”
John 4:5-14 (NCV)