A lesson on thirst for body and soul
We spend our winters in Arizona. The weather is lovely with sunny days most of the time and very little rain. As a matter of fact as of the date of this podcasting there has been no rain this year.
That makes it very dry — very very dry.
Somehow this year I forgot that point — that it is very dry here in Arizona.
I had been waking with pains in my legs. I thought it might be old age, or too much walking, or walking on hard pavement. I googled dry skin on my legs, sore shins and sleepless nights. And the reason that popped up — You are dehydrated.
If we feel thirsty it’s beyond the need to drink. We need to drink before we are thirsty. I’ve started to have a glass of water with me everywhere I go.
I didn’t know I was thirsty. I read that thirst can mask as hunger and I had been eating more. But I think the whole problem stems from lack of water.
Jesus talks about thirst. When He mentions water He means Living Water and our thirst for God.
In John 4:13–14 Jesus explains the difference between drinking water and the water that He can give.
I love the version in The Message:
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst — not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”
The water from Jesus comes from the Holy Spirit within and it will last.
We won’t thirst again. We will have living water.
And this is our abundant, vigorous life that happens when Jesus fills us with this Living Water.
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
This Living Water comes from within us. God created us with the living water but it takes acceptance of our Lord Jesus to turn on the tap. Then the Holy Spirit is free to flow.
Jesus cries out to all — Are you thirsty?
There is the problem. Here in Arizona I didn’t know I was thirsty until I started to have painful symptoms.
I didn’t know I was thirsty.
So too in our spirits — we may not sense a dryness of spirit — until it manifests itself to us.
I know I didn’t know my soul was dry for a long time. It wasn’t until I started to hear questions in my head.
I remember one of the first time I had a glimmer of my soul thirsting.
I was driving and as I drove under a bridge — I remember that clearly — I heard this question:
What is this life for? Why are you here?
They were strange questions. At that time in my life, all was good. Our business was flourishing. I had a wonderful husband and great kids. According to the world I had the perfect life.
But something didn’t fit.
A part of me was missing. My soul was dry.
Listen to Isaiah 58:11 in the New Living translation.
The Lord will always lead you. He will meet the needs of your soul in the dry times and give strength to your body. You will be like a garden that has enough water, like a well of water that never dries up.
When I recognized my thirst I started to search for something to quench it.
And God heard my cry. He led me to Jesus. It was a long and winding road. I couldn’t google: “Dryness of spirit, what’s my purpose here on earth.”
But I do have a God who is more powerful that Google.
He hears me before I speak. He hears my every thought.
I found the Living Water in my soul and it has poured forth into my life.
Every day there is a newness in my spirit — a desire to talk to my Creator and listen to Him.
Today’s a great day. My physical body is revived by water and my spirit overflows with Living Water.
Remember that your body needs water to live but more importantly your spirit needs God to live.
If you want to revive your spirit, talk to Jesus and open your Bible.
All the power of God’s living water will flow out to and through you.
May I pray for you and me?
Lord, we thank You for the water on earth that gives us the nourishment our bodies need to live. We thank you for the Living Water than You gave us through the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus. It revives us. Help us to keep Your Holy Spirit flowing through us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Until next time remember to revive both your bodies and your spirit. And read God’s Word.
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