Our clothes may look different and our mode of transportation too, but we aren’t much different going through life than God’s people, the Israelites, who we read about in the Old Testament.
For years they lived their lives wandering from one place to the next. And we do also. It may not always be a physical place, but we wander just the same as we go through a variety of trials, seasons, joys, disappointments and sorrows. We change jobs, add to our families, lose dear ones, have a change in circumstances, and grow older.
When we read the accounts of the wandering Israelites, we are told that one of the first things they would do when they arrived at a new place was dig a well. There were sometimes springs to be found, but most of the water was below ground. Take Isaac for instance. “Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water,” (Gen. 26:19).
We find in John chapter 14 the conversation Jesus had with a Samaritan woman who went to a well to get water. Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life,” (John 4:13, 14).
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of wandering and being thirsty. I am learning (and sometimes the hard way) the things this world has to offer will only cause me to stay thirsty. I want to stop, pitch my tent, dig a well and drink the water that Jesus said, “will become in (me) a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
I want to be going about the mundane motions of my day, like the Samaritan woman, and run right into Jesus sitting by my well waiting to fill me with His love, His words, His wisdom, His spirit, and His joy. I want to get so full of this “living water” that it spills out of me and onto others.
What about you? Are you tried of wandering and being thirsty? Make a point to dig a well, a place in your home, where you can spend time with Jesus and let Him fill you.
What would happen if each one of us did this and got so full that His “living water” spilled out all around us, onto our families, and friends, our church family, and out into the community.
Try it . . . I’m going to . . . and don’t worry about the mess.
Towels will be provided.
Scripture taken from the English Standard Verions (ESV) of the Bible
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