Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life”.
- John 4:13-14 ESV
Today I came undone, but you would never have known.
How can anyone unravel and become undone at the seams and yet still look composed, controlled and contained?
Can we be transparent for a moment? How many of us can relate?
We have mastered the craft of concealing, not feeling, and compartmentalizing just enough to gather our bearings; just enough to function; just enough to smile on cue; just enough to stay afloat; just enough to consider others at the expense of ourselves; just enough to survive...just enough…to breathe.
It’s exhausting, depleting, and mentally, emotionally, and spiritually dehydrating.
My eyes long for the promises of God. I cry out, “When will you comfort me Lord? Where are the promises you spoke to my heart? When will this end?”
Friends, have you been here with me?
Even the Psalmist David wrote “Who can bear the weight of a crushed spirit?”
- I would be lying if I told you I didn’t feel alone.
- I’d be lying if I told you I trusted the unknown of my tomorrows.
- I’d be lying if I told you I had no regrets.
- I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t wrestle with myself.
- I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t wrestle with God.
I’d be lying if I told you I was Ok…but here I am…with you...a collective of hearts gathering together at the well to quench our thirsts.
What are you thirsty for?
Elusive dreams, prayers met with silence, the in-between waiting season, the medical report, the unrelenting pressures of life, the disappointments…to name a few.
Jesus tells us that whosoever drinks “this water” will be thirsty again.
In this passage Jesus was speaking to a Samarian woman who questioned how he would be able to draw water from a well that ran deep into the earth.
But it was not the “how” that was of significance but rather the “what”.
I believe in this passage Jesus advises us that this world, “this water” of the world, i.e. it’s recreation and pleasures, successes, all that is available to us, cannot provide us with a sustainable life source that can satisfy the droughts in our souls during those seasons when we so desperately need for rain to fall.
So, we keep waiting and watching for that small cloud in the sky.
This world we live in, this culture with its malleable ideologies, is self-centered, extracting more than what it deposits at our expense. It’s unforgiving and unrelenting. It reaps what it does not sow.
But in Jesus we have rivers of living waters that flow through us from him by the outpouring of his Holy Spirit!
Only He can provide Water that has the power to purify, intercede, gives us peace, love, provides deliverance and is the one true sustainable life source.
Friend, he invites us to drink from his well where he provides us with water that will saturate our hearts, detox our thoughts, and make streams of living waters of hope flow through our desert of dreams once again.
Jesus, you are my life source, fill me with what is good and satisfy my thirsty soul because my heartland is scorched. As many times as my cup runs empty I will go to you to fill me up. Oh Abba, I trust you in this season, to whom and where can I go! Because you will guide me continually and satisfy my desires in scorched places and make my bones strong. Let your streams of fresh water flow through me and then I will be like a watered garden waiting for my flowers to bloom.