“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’ ” (John 7:37-38, ESV).
A major portion of my work in the OCF Communications Department has been promoting the life-changing opportunities available to our membership through the ministry of OCF’s two conferences centers. Over the years the overarching comment continually echoed by attendees or within reports has always been, “God is in this place.”
In 2012, I crossed over from promoter to participant, lured by a seminar on creation by Mike & Carrie Snavely of Mission Imperative. Four teenage nieces and nephews and I attended a Summer Celebration week at Spring Canyon, and through the Christ-centered teaching, fellowship, and servant leadership of the Rizzos and their staff, we quickly found out, indeed, that “God is in this place.”
Of all of God’s glory surrounding and permeating throughout Spring Canyon, the area by the spring is my favorite. That week especially, the ceaseless spring provided a powerful spiritual lesson, a stark contrast to the multiple fires raging throughout Colorado, including the Waldo Canyon one outside Colorado Springs.
Though the air was occasionally hazy from the smoke, the spring poured out clear, cold water. Colorado was tinder-dry, yet the banks on each side of the refreshing spring were lush, green and vibrant, a profound picture of the living water freely available from Christ to anyone who will come and drink.