Sometimes water doesn't clean and renew. Sometimes water dirties and destructs. Sometimes it brings chaos and loss, agony and suffering, hopelessness and despair.
And the pain of the unknown.
And the desire for relief.
And the gathering of hearts that can unite.
And the dawn of a new day.
And the certainty of knowing that all will be well again.
We are not blessed with simplicity throughout our lives, but we are blessed with restoration. I can see beyond the barriers, I can trust in what lies ahead, and I can be reminded that we can - that we will, in fact - be washed by the water.