5-19-17 8:00 PM EST: What are elements? If you look in the dictionary you will have two definitions. For this topic, we are going with the second one. "Each of more than one hundred substances that cannot be chemically interconverted or broken down into simpler substances and are primary constituents of matter. Each element is distinguished by its atomic number, i.e., the number of protons in the nuclei of its atoms." You always hear that we are Carbon based life forms. And while that is true, would you believe that Carbon only makes up 11% of a cell? There are two more elements that rank higher in percentage than Carbon. I bet you can guess them too. Hydrogen (59%) and Oxygen (24%).
If you combine those last two elements, you get water. Water is not a luxury of earth, in fact, it is the most abundant compound in the universe because it is composed of the first and third most abundant elements, Hydrogen, and Oxygen, respectfully. However, water in liquid form is a special feature of earth. Two Hydrogen atoms and one Oxygen atom, H2O. The foundation of life. Without it, life as we know it does not exist. It is the universal solvent. It can exist as a solid, liquid, or gas. Sometimes all three forms are present in the same place at the same time. But water is more than just the foundation of life.
It can be used for drinking, food prep, bathing, washing clothes and dishes. But it can also be used as recreation for swimming and sailing. It was referenced by Jesus in a parable for quenching your thirst for the Spirit of God and everlasting life. It can be beautiful and like glass, reflecting a pristine landscape giving you the illusion of two skies. But it can also be fearful and powerful as strong storms and floods.
For it to be the most abundant in the universe, truly God knew what He was doing when he created it. There is just so much that it can do and be. And if you study it, you can apply some of its nature to your life as well. I will leave you with a quote from Bruce Lee.
"Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend."