“Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’” John 4:13-14
The scorching summer sun has way of causing us to thirst more than usual. I know I drink far more water during the summer than any other time of year. Yet, with the summer heat
beginning to relent, we may not be as thirsty as we have been. Even so, we know that water is essential. It is essential to sustain life. Survivalists know that three days without water puts life in peril. But in this passage Jesus is speaking about a different kind of water. A living water from the source of all waters that can become a wellspring within us, a spring of water that never runs dry. Yet, how many of us run dry, spiritually dry? This happens when we navigate the complexities of life, while forgetting to draw from the source of living water. We think we have life handled and can manage it with our own resources. But eventually we realize that there is a dryness, a thirst we cannot quench. It’s a thirst that can only be quenched by a relationship with the source of living water. As the summer fades and the coolness of fall begins to take root, let us remember to drink daily from the source of living water.
Loving God, your well never runs dry. It stands ready to fill me and overflow through me to quench the thirst of others. Help me to remember that my life will run dry without you for you are the sole source of living water. Amen.