TWO seas exist side by side in Israel. One is the Dead Sea. As you probably remember, the Dead Sea is really a lake, not a sea. It’s so high in salt content that anybody can float easily on those waters. The salt in the Dead Sea is as high as thirty five percent – almost ten times the normal ocean water. And all that saltiness has meant that there is no life at all in the Dead Sea. No fish. No vegetation. No sea animals: Nothing alive in the Dead Sea. I guess that’s why it’s called a dead sea! Near the Dead Sea is the Sea of Galilee. It’s a sea mentioned quite often in the Bible, and it turns out that the Sea of Galilee is just north of the Dead Sea. Both
the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea receive their waters from the River Jordan. And
yet, they are so very different. Unlike the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee is alive and rich with colourful marine life. There are lots of
plants, and plenty of fish too. Many references
are made about Jesus and his disciples heaving in full nets of fish from the Sea of Galilee.
But isn’t it strange, the same region, the same source of water, yet while one sea is
full of life, the other is dead. How’s that possible? The reason I believe is that the River Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee and then flows out. The water simply passes through the Sea of Galilee in and then out – and that keeps the sea healthy and vibrant, teeming with
marine life. But the other sea or lake called the Dead Sea is so far below the mean sea level, that it has no outlet. The water flows in from the river Jordan, but does not flow out.
no outlet streams. It is estimated that over a million tons of water evaporate from the Dead Sea every day. Leaving it salty, full of minerals and unfit for any marine life.The Dead Sea takes water from the River Jordan, and holds it. It does not give. And the result; it’s dead. Which should make us realize that life is certainly not about just getting. It’s about giving. We need to be like the Sea of Galilee. We all work hard and receive money, love, power and respect. But if we don’t give the same to others, we will end up like the Dead Sea and like the evaporation that takes place over that sea, we will find all our love, respect, money and power also evaporating,as we hold on to them. Develop outlets for giving! start sharing what you have! It’s your choice; become a sea that’s dead, or live joyous through giving like the Sea of Galilee..!