Hi, welcome to Redeem the Commute. I’m Ryan, your host for the daily challenges.  This week’s topic is part of our series called God Is… where we’re trying to learn about God’s character and nature through some key stories in the Bible.

Our daily challenges are meant to help you explore what it means to follow Jesus, even if you don’t have a lot of time. We have a rhythm that keeps us in sync, even if we’re not a community that meets together in person regularly. Every Monday we introduce the week’s idea. Every Tuesday we study it in the Bible. Every Wednesday we see how that challenges and transforms our thinking on the topic. Thursdays we try to apply and live it out. Friday is a day for prayer and reflection before we take a rest on Saturday, and Sundays we meet together with others in community.

I recently watched a video on Facebook that described York Region’s water systems.  York Region is just north of Toronto, but 80% of its water comes from Lake Ontario, many kilometers to the south.  This vide described the challenging and expensive ways they make that happen.  There are pumps, reservoirs, towers, purifiers.  The pumps run 24 hours a day, at great expense, and backup generators are always ready.


This is all worthwhile because water is so important.  We simply can’t live without it for long.  How long seems to be debatable, at least when I googled it I discovered lots of debate about exactly how long, but no one questions we need it to live.  To live in a place without water, you have to get creative.  For York Region it’s pumps, towers and so on.

But imagine living thousands of years ago, as recently escaped slaves with few resources and no security.  That’s what happened to the people of Israel, when they found themselves short on water and got impatient.

Question: When have you been low on water, or food?  How did you react?  How did it impact your outlook?