Issue 1,153 – Cool Refreshing Water – May 12, 2023
The truck had broken down. Again. It was about three miles to town and brutally hot out.
The usually busy road was empty. No traffic, no birds, no signs of life. Every living thing seemed to hide itself from the burning sun. Even the trees and grass wilted under its relentless heat; the stillness was eerie.
Heat waves bounced off the asphalt in the distance. The illusion of water teased, taunted and tantalized me, reminding me of just how thought and thirsty I was.
Every step was an effort, The three miles felt more like thirty, but finally, I hit town.
At my first stop, the local convenience store, I bought two of the most oversized water bottles in the fridge. I guzzled them down greedily. Suddenly I was feeling refreshed and cooling off, and my thirst faded. The world had become a livelier, more friendly place. All because of a drink of water.
In most of North America, we take fresh drinking water for granted. Very seldom, and even then for no more than a couple of days, Have I not had plenty of water to drink on demand.
The people of the Middle East are familiar with what it is like to be thirsty. They are aware from personal experience how personal a commodity is.
They know how refreshing a cold drink of water can be on a hot day.
Two of the more common biblical metaphors for the love of God are water and living water.
You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:1-3
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.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4:13-15
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. Revelation 22:17
Remember back to the time when you were the hottest and thirstiest you have ever been. Now picture the refreshment of a cold glass of water.
That refreshment is nothing compared to the refreshment from the well of salvation. The Lord’s living water refreshes like nothing else ever will.
Allow your thirst for love, forgiveness, and acceptance to be eternally satisfied by His living water.
Hallelu Yah / Praise God
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