Salus per Aquam, Healing through waters

Te Waihou River

Te Waihou river, meaning “new water”

Christmas for us in NZ is in the summer, and its usually when we do our travel.  In the same Christmas holiday where I discovered the Te Waihou River with its sapphire blue water, mentioned in my post ‘Come to the River‘, I also discovered the unique spa town about three hours south of where I live called “Te Aroha”.

Aroha is the Maori word for love, and Te Aroha means ‘mountain of love or ‘loved one‘.

Mokena Geyser

The Mokena Geyser at Te Aroha

The domain where the hot springs are was decked out in the fashion of the European Spas in the 1880’s, and it hasn’t changed.   The Te Aroha Hot Springs Domain is a unique place, the only complete Edwardian Domain in New Zealand, and the site of the Mokena Geyser, a geyser of hot soda water … the only one of its kind in the world.

It comes up from a depth of 70 meters and plays every 40 minutes.  It was named after the Maori chief, Mokena Te Hau, an early Christian convert who gifted the land to us.  His memorial Cairn is next to the No.8 Drinking Fountain, where you can drink the soda water for free.

The water is nice to drink, naturally carbonated without the sugar or preservatives.  Coke’s not the real thing, THIS is the real thing.  The pools are nice too.

The word ‘Spa’ is an acronym for Salus per Aquam or healing through waters.

In order for this unique fountain to be found at the Spa, it needed two things – a gift to the people from a chief, and for the people who discovered the healing power of the water to have enough faith in it to dig a bore 70 meters down to find the well.

There is a another great gift of water, a gift of God mentioned in the Bible.  All you need is faith to find it.  The scene is Jacob’s well in Samaria.  When Jesus met the woman at the well, He said;

‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water’.

‘Sir’, the woman said, ‘you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get the living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself?’

Jesus answered ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’  John 5:15

A great chief has given us a great gift, living water.  There is only one place in the world where it can be found.  All you need is to do to get this living water is to ask Jesus for it.

The water He gives is even better than the soda water at Te Aroha.  He will satisfy your thirsty spirit, and it well up within you to eternal life.  Its the ultimate spa gift, a gift of Aroha (love) from the King.  I hope you have received or will receive this gift of God for yourself.

Come all who thirst, come to the water.

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" 
And let the one who hears say, "Come!" 
Let the one who is thirsty come; and 
let the one who wishes, 
take the free gift of the water of life.  
Revelation 22:17  

Thirsty?

wellI spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.  Psalm 143:6

We have to watch what we thirst for.  We can thirst for attention, love, approval, if we’re not given that as children, we’ll seek it somewhere.  God wants us to seek it from Him.  I sought it from somewhere else, Ishmael to be exact, and God certainly made sure I knew He wasn’t pleased.

In fact, He sounded jealous.

The story is told in Chapter 47 Why drink water from the River?

A jealous God?  Why?  Are we really that important to Him?  Yeah.  Look at the cross.  He has invested everything in us.  Oprah turned from Him because “it didn’t sit right in her spirit that he was a jealous God”.  That’s where Oprah got it wrong.  He wasn’t jealous OF her, He was jealous FOR her.

The Lord wants us to thirst for HIM.

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink”  He asks.  He was jealous because He wanted me to look for Him in the desert.

 Jesus told the woman He met at the well, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  John 4:10

He is the only one who can promise us that “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give will never thirst.   The water that I shall give will become a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  John 4:13

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