Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but 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.”
You know what strikes me about this picture? There is so much activity going on around this body of water, so much life. Contrast that with a body of water that has been stagnant. What happens? It gets mossy and slimy and stinky. And since mossy and slimy and stinky aren’t generally considered attractive qualities (unless you’re Oscar the Grouch), stagnant water doesn’t typically attract animals, people and lush vegetation. Water that attracts life is active. It moves and flows and has energy. It’s the same with the living water God offers us. It’s because it’s living water that it is the only thing that will quench our thirst for life. I so wish the clients and patients I encounter in my work could get this truth down in their spirits. Drugs, alcohol, sex, money, other people, even our jobs cannot fill us up the way God’s Holy Spirit can. Having a real relationship with Him is the only thing that will leave us satisfied. It’s His moving, living Spirit that moves us forward and gives us direction and purpose. I think just like this scene, it also makes our life a beautiful picture that is pleasing to Him and attracts others to His living water. God does not want us to have emptiness in our souls. He wants for us to be filled to overflowing with Him so that our thirst can be quenched and others can be drawn to His life-giving water as well.
Let’s allow God to fill us to overflowing this week, so that His living water can touch those in our path.