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When I was about 9 years old, my dad took my siblings and I on a long walk together. After we’d been walking for a while my little brother, who was about 3, said to my dad, “Daddy I’m thirsty, I’m thirsty.”
And my dad said, “Well we’re gonna be home in a few minutes buddy, so you have to wait until then.”
But my brother kept asking, “Daddy, can I have a drink? I’m so thirsty.” And my dad kept telling him, “Buddy, I don’t have any water. I didn’t bring any, you just have to wait.”
So a few minutes went by and suddenly we realized that my brother wasn’t with the group. We all turned around, and there was my 3-year-old brother, down on his hands and knees, drinking out of a puddle.
Talk about desperation, right? It was like a pothole that had filled up with water, but he was so desperately thirsty that he got down on his knees and drank the water.
Thirst can come in different forms. Of course, it can be physical, but it can also be an internal longing. A deep desire inside of us that begs to be quenched.
Do you know there is a spiritual water that provides relief to the thirsty soul?
Jesus says “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life…Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
(John 4:13-14, John 7:38)
How desperate are you to get a drink of that water?
Are you willing to ask persistently for it?
Are you willing to get down on your knees for it?
And if there’s even a puddle of that water available, are you going to seize the moment and drink it in?
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:1-2)
Does your soul thirst for the living God?
Is He your heart’s desire?
Let’s get desperate friends. Let’s persistently ask our father, over and over, for the living water that only He provides. Because He is the only one who can satisfy the metaphorical thirst we all feel inside. His presence is like cool water in a dry land.
And when we find even a puddle, a glimpse of that presence, we should be quick to get down on our knees and drink it all in.
Prayer: God you don’t just give us a puddle. You give us a river of life. You give us a deep well. You give us access to your Spirit. God make me thirsty for you. I ask that you would fill me up to overflowing. You are my heart’s desire and I long to worship you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– Pastor Jessie Knight