Today’s Scripture: John 4:10-14
10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”
13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
I once went on a bike ride from Norfolk to Washington D.C. It was a three day event in the early fall – but still very hot and humid. I made it but it was not fun. One of the things I remember about that ride was hearing over and over again “drink water!” The organizers of the ride wanted to make sure that we did not get dehydrated so they were constantly reminding us to hydrate. Our bodies just cannot make it without water.
Which was why the woman in this story was at well to begin with. She needed water. And she was focused on that goal. Of course, she was at the well at a time of day when she would not have to run into other women from the village (wouldn’t you do the same?). But her timing could not have been more perfect. She was there when Jesus was there.
Throughout the story we can see that the woman at the well is so focused on physical water that she misses the point of what Jesus is saying. At least until the end of the story when she gets that Jesus is talking about spiritual water.
I wonder how often we do that? I wonder how often we focus on our perceived need – usually physical – and miss our spiritual need? It makes sense. We have to drink. We have to eat. We have to go to work. We have to secure childcare. We have to pay the bills. We have to plan for retirement. Spiritual needs often take a back seat to life.
But if this story teaches us anything it teaches us that our spiritual needs are just as important as other needs in our life. The threat of spiritual dehydration is just as big as the threat of physical dehydration was for me on that bike ride. And yet we go on like it’s not a problem.
What is the state of your spiritual life today? Maybe this week is one where we concentrate on drinking the spiritual water Jesus has for us. Maybe this week we make an effort to connect with God everyday.
God we get so busy and so engaged with life that we forget about connecting with you. Forgive us. Help us to tap into the spiritual water that you are providing to us. May it be refreshing. May it be life-giving. May it give us strength for the journey.