Healing Properties

My wife and I just came back from a short holiday near Watrous, Saskatchewan. There are many interesting places to see in and around the Watrous area and we had fun experiencing a few of them. For example, there is a famous establishment called “Danceland.” It was built in 1928 and part of the attraction has to be the 6 inches of horse hair that the dance floor sits on. I’m not a dancer but when my wife and I walked on it we could feel the difference. They say you can dance all night on a floor like that!

Another attraction is the drive-in theatre. Not too many of those around anymore! We talked to a three generation family on their way to the drive-in so that the youngest could experience it before it was only a memory. And when in Watrous you’ll want to visit the Watrous Bakery & Coffee Shop. I have nothing against Tim’s (I really do like their coffee) but there is no comparison when it comes to a freshly baked donut or loaf of poppy seed bread from the local bakery!

Of course the big attraction in this area of the province has to be the Mineral Springs at Manitou Beach. We spent an hour the first evening swimming in the lake and then, when the weather wasn’t really beach worthy, a day at the indoor pool. The concentration of minerals in the lake and pool water is similar to that of the Dead Sea in Israel, which makes it almost twice as buoyant as the ocean! For most people it is practically impossible to sink.

What I found most interesting on our holiday was that these “healing waters” attracted people from all over the world and from all walks of life. At one end of the pool we met a couple who lived close to where I grew up. He works in the grain industry and he and his wife were celebrating their sixth anniversary. After we visited with them we headed to the other end of the pool where we met an interesting lady who I can describe as loving God with a free spirit. And there were farmers, pensioners, bikers, business owners, world travellers, sick, young, old, rich and poor.

When I think of the rich cultures, the various ethnic groups, and the amazing variety of people I am reminded that Jesus also attracted people from all walks of life. Peter, James, and John were all fishermen. I don’t know a lot about fishermen but I do know that they aren’t the most timid people around. James and John weren’t called the “Sons of Thunder” for nothing. At one point they asked Jesus if he wanted them to call lightning down from heaven to destroy a town for refusing to be hospitable. And Peter cut off someone’s ear in a effort to protect Jesus. All three were caught arguing over who would be the greatest... and these were Jesus’ closest friends!

In the first five books of the New Testament you will find that Jesus attracted all sorts of people from the known world. The list included a tax collector (one who worked for the Romans), a zealot (one who worked to frustrate the Romans), a few religious people (like Nicodemus),a former hooker, a business woman, a doctor, a soldier, a jailer, and the list could go on and on.

The point is, Jesus attracted people from all walks of life, from different ethnic groups, from various countries, and people with some or no religious background.

Why do folks come from all over the world to Manitou Springs? We found the answer in taking the trip and soaking in the water. They say the water has healing properties! I’m sure it does, even if it is for the simple reason that we allow ourselves to slow down and relax for a time.

Why do folks from all over the world come to Jesus? Could it be the healing properties? Peter boldly proclaims that it is through Jesus’ stripes that we are healed (1 Pet. 2:23). The invitation is still valid today. Jesus calls out, “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” There is healing for the soul in no other!