by Dec 4, 2015Easy and Light


Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 4:13-14 (ESV)

A s I was doing some gardening a few summers ago, I was struck by the irony of my thirsty pansies. I’d planted them around our well cover, to camouflage it and keep the mower away. I found it ironic that they were sitting right on top of the water source for our entire house, but had no way to access it. Their roots simply were not deep enough. Which got me to thinking: How often am I thirsty, sitting right on top of the source of Living Water, but don’t access it? When my day doesn’t go as planned, instead of immersing myself in the fresh water of Scripture I respond to my children in anger or frustration. When my soul is parched with discouragement, anxiety or despair, instead of quenching my thirst in time alone with my Savior, too often I choose to plod along in my misery.
Help me Lord, today, to stretch my roots deep to your Living Water and, when my soul is thirsty, remember to tap into your gracious love and comfort.

David knew about being thirsty. In Psalm 42:1-2, he wrote:

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”

David knew when his soul was downcast and he was tempted to despair, that only God could quench his thirst. As I watered my thirsty pansies that day, I was thankful for the reminder that, unlike those flowers, I have a way to access my Source of water.

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