Thirsty

I talked to my best friend for two hours the other day. It was a special treat. Normally, we talk on the phone when we are headed somewhere else…running an errand, taking a child to school, making dinner. It keeps us connected, but it doesn’t have the quenching effect that a long, deep, conversation can have—the kind of talk when little things and huge things are discussed. We had the kind of talk where laughter and tears were shared. It was an exchange that included prayer, and scripture, and when it came time to hang up, we wish we didn’t have to. Our friendship got the kind of “water” it needed. How many times do we talk with God on the run and think it will be enough to see us through our day? Too many. But when we truly take/make the time to connect with our Friend, Jesus, a great thirst will be quenched—and we will know it. We will have experienced something different, and it will have made an impact on our life.

When Jesus met the woman at the well, He told her about a Living Water that would always quench her thirst. She might have mistaken this interaction as never having to take a drink of water again, but we shouldn’t. Truth be told, the more we drink Jesus in, the more we desire Him. Why? Because God helps us feel better, and we want more and more of Him when we have tasted of His sweetness. He satisfies our thirst in this life in so many ways. Physically, we can live about three days without water—but we will grow weaker as each hour passes. At first we won’t notice much, but after a couple of days, we will start to see the effects. In the same way, we will grow weaker spiritually when we don’t drink Jesus in often enough. We will start to feel more agitated, less patient. We will start to focus on the things of this world, instead of our walk with God. And slowly, but surely, our faith will start to shrivel into the background of our lives. Physically, we will desire water when we are thirsty. Spiritually, we should recognize a desire for the Word of God and prayer when our faith is getting parched. The enemy will lie to us and tell us that our faith, our peace, and our love for others is lacking because of the circumstances in our lives. The Truth is that we can rejoice in all things with Christ Jesus in focus. Easy? No! Possible? Yes. Paul was a living example of this with all he lived through, and in the fact that God told him His grace was sufficient to handle the “thorn” Paul lived with.

Relationships thrive when they are watered properly—ours with others, and ours with God. When we spend time with our Lord, His Living Water will be absorbed into our system. We will be ready for whatever comes our way. This doesn’t mean we won’t have some doubt, fear, worry, or even anger. This means that when those emotions come our way, we will recognize what is going on and recover more quickly from them, recognizing that our focus is off. We will know to grab our “Faith Glasses” immediately, and pray to see things from God’s perspective and not our own. Sadly, when we are spiritually dehydrated, there are times when we will turn in the wrong direction and reach for earthly “glasses” which can warp our view of things.

Searching And Noticing the Divine happens when you sit with a friend and talk about the things of God. We notice that relationships are healthier because of time spent together, and that the same is true with our Savior, Jesus Christ, because He is the Well of eternal life where we experience the Holy Spirit flowing in our lives.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water
I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 4:13-14 (NIV)