I thirstily took a big gulp of water and then almost spewed the whole mouthful across the restaurant table. Almost. Presence of mind kept me from making such a scene and embarrassing my husband; but seriously, that water was nasty! I like to drink water, so I usually order ice water with lemon whenever we eat out. This time, however, I simply could not make the water drinkable. I added more lemon, even some sweetener, but nothing helped.
We have been doing some traveling/evangelizing, and it has sure made me appreciate good drinking water! You know the old saying, ‘You don’t miss the water ‘till the well runs dry!’ This means, of course, you don’t really appreciate what you have until you no longer have it.
This got me thinking about all the Scriptures regarding water in the Bible, especially those that are referring to the Holy Spirit. How satisfying and refreshing it is to drink from the well of living water that never runs dry! When we try to satisfy our souls with anything else, how it pales in comparison! We can try a lot of different ways to make it work, but nothing in this world can satisfy the thirsty soul like God can with His sweet, life-giving Spirit.
If your life feels like a desert today, try spending time in His presence until your thirst is quenched by the Holy Spirit. Drink deeply from the well of living water and find new, refreshing life springing up inside you. You will think you have discovered the Fountain of Youth, because God’s Spirit gives us eternal life.
Drink deeply, my friend, drink deeply!
John 7:37-38 (ESV) On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’
Jeremiah 2:12-13 (ESV) Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the Lord, 13 for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.