Drink of the Water Jesus Gives


Drink of the Water I Give John 4:13-14 art by Nicole Plymesser Nelson


When we take that leap into our promised land, and drink of the water Jesus promises, we will never be thirsty again.  We will be full to the brim.  Tanks full, gushing energy, ready for eternal service.

Life on earth as a human is dehydrating.  Competing, controlling, conniving–those are all hydration sucks, leaving us parched, continually searching for more water.  And we try to hydrate in all the wrong ways.

We try to keep up with not only the Joneses, but also our sisters and brothers in Christ, and we are forever competing.  There is no winning.  Someone else will always be better, bigger, newer, richer, more faithful, more generous, smarter,etc..  Drinking competition doesn’t work.

We will never be able to control everything.  Someone at baseball practice brought up a projected snowstorm for a week out the other day.  I didn’t know; I never check the weather.  I cannot control it.  Neither can the weatherman.  Really, he can’t predict it.  What will happen, will happen.  We just have to roll with it.  Many things in life are that way.  Drinking control doesn’t work.

Our conniving against our neighbors is destructive.  Often we spend more time worrying about what others are doing, why they did it, and how we can get them back–way more than we ever should.  I spent a year being annoyed that my neighbors paved their entire backyard.  How stupid and what a waste!  Drinking this doesn’t work either.

Ugh.  Just thinking about all of those things makes me dry.  I could drink some coffee or wine, but I don’t think that is going to help.

BUT, if I go to God, if I pray, and talk to Him, and listen to Him–I feel complete, I feel uniquely just right, I feel at peace, I feel free.  And oh, I feel full, moisturized, energized.  And those are the feelings I want for eternity.

I will drink Jesus’ kool-aid.  It works.

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

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