Did you know the lowest place on Earth is the Dead Sea? It is the the world’s lowest point below sea level. Geographically located to the east of Israel, it also one of the most hypersaline lakes in the world. It is because of this saline content that people can float effortlessly on the surface of the water and it is famous for supplying minerals for many cosmetic and spa products.
That picture above…if that is lowest it sure is a beautiful low. Sounds lovely! I will take it!
But…because of its high salinity level, life is not able to flourish in this region. Animals can not maintain life in or around the Dead Sea. Nothing lives there. Yet it is also a location where an incredible amount of Health research is conducted.
From a simple google search: The Dead Sea area has become a major center for health research and treatment for several reasons. The mineral content of the water, the very low content of pollens and other allergens in the atmosphere, the reduced ultraviolet component of solar radiation, and the higher atmospheric pressure at this great depth each have specific health effects.
I think maybe in the low brings a level of peace, it is not polluted by humanity. It relies on its creator. That must be what pure faith is about. Perhaps we learn more about faith in the low than we ever could elsewhere.
As I’ve mentioned in other blog posts, I will often turn to a random area in scripture when I feel compelled. Today was one of those days. So I turned to Ezekiel 47 where it speaks of a healing river, a body of water that flourishes everything it touches.
This passage especially resonated with me:
The waters of this stream will heal the salty waters of the Dead Sea and make them fresh. Everything that touches the water of this river will live. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will be healed.
If you look on google it pulls up many beautiful images of the Dead Sea. Yet it is the lowest place on Earth. Life can not flourish on its banks or in its waters. People come to visit and float but can not sustain life for any lengthy period time. Hence its name, Dead. That is pretty low.
However here in this short bible passage it is speaking of the healing that will come to the Dead Sea from a water full of life.
Life is like the Dead Sea, it has its low points and at times its lowest of low points. But that does not mean we are forgotten and left to perish. God promises to heal it. The lowest point is not the end with God.
Did you know there are now documented signs of life in this region? Environmental factors have the waters of the Dead Sea receding at an unpresedented rate. Sink holes have formed in the sea filling with fresh water and guess what? Living animals. Environmentalists are also working on rerouting fresh bodies of water to replenish the receding sea. Most striking is that life is beginning to flourish there when before it had not. Google it!
If God can do all this, imagine what he can do in our lives! It is so easy to doubt his presence and power in our life but faith can and does move mountains. It in fact heals the sea and that also means it can and will create new life in us.
He is the healing river no matter what, even in the lowest points. Thousands of years for this particular wonder of nature is probably not the timetable we have in mind though. Darn! Not so good for impatient peeps like myself.
Okay Jesus, I get it. Thank you for taking me to Ezekiel today and the much needed reminder that anything is possible with You. But in your time and your river bank.
For sure, hands down I would love the Dead Sea. It looks beautiful from here and you know I love the beach. I seem to have always had that gift, faith in healing. Maybe because I understand it all too well. You already knew that though. ❤️
Loved By Grace,