Everybody is drinking water these days. My sixteen year old son asked me to pick up a case of water for him as he’s been feeling dehydrated at school (of course I asked had all the water fountains in school been removed). So many thoughts went through my head and out of my mouth. “Why not just use a refillable bottle from home?” and of course “Just think of all the plastic in the landfills?” I had to add. I wasn’t surprised that neither changed his mind. He needs water. We all need water. I read on Wikipedia that the body requires between one and seven liters of water per day to avoid dehydration. I don’t want to bring that many bottles of water into my house. My son will just have to get used to regular (almost free) tap water. It’s the United States we live in not India (that’s were the dirtiest River in the world is).
All this talk about water and ultimately thirst got me thinking? I thought about the Scripture that talks about the “Living Water”, which is God.
Here is the story of the Samaritan woman at the well and what Jesus said to her. It’s from John Chapter 4, verses 4 through 14. It’s one my favorite chapters of the Bible.
4 He had to pass through Samaria.
5 On the way he came to the Samaritan town called Sychar near the land that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6 Jacob’s well was there and Jesus, tired by the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, ‘Give me something to drink.’
8 His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘You are a Jew. How is it that you ask me, a Samaritan, for something to drink?’ — Jews, of course, do not associate with Samaritans.
10 Jesus replied to her: If you only knew what God is offering and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me something to drink,’ you would have been the one to ask, and he would have given you living water.
11 ‘You have no bucket, sir,’ she answered, ‘and the well is deep: how do you get this living water?
12 Are you a greater man than our father Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it himself with his sons and his cattle?’
13 Jesus replied: Whoever drinks this water will be thirsty again;
14 but no one who drinks the water that I shall give will ever be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will become a spring of water within, welling up for eternal life
Yes we are all thirsty, we all need water and only God can provide us the “living water” that we need. It is only with HIS water that our thirst will ever be quenched. How thirsty are you?
I told you this was one of my favorite bible verses. What’s yours?